Inside Politics

PM talks economy with business leaders at New York Q&A

As he prepares to wrap up his three-day visit to New York, the PM has one final non-UN-General-Assembly-related event on his itinerary: a mid-afternoon Q&A session hosted by the Canadian American Business Council, during which he'll field queries from as yet unidentified "business leaders" on the economy.

Also boosting Canada's profile south of the border today: International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who will make the rounds in Washington, DC, meeting with "key U.S. officials," including, as per the advisory, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and trade representative Michael Froman.

Out and about on the domestic ministerial circuit:

  • Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel will use his speech at the annual conference of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities to remind his fellow Quebeckers of the millions of dollars in "investments" that have flowed from the federal coffers to the province under his government.
  • Meanwhile, in St. Catharines, Ontario's federal development-focused minister, Gary Goodyear, teams up with local MP Rick Dykstra to unveil new support for that city's economy during a visit to Brock University.
  • Finally, Laureen Harper is scheduled to join Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover for an announcement at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will spend the morning in Bourassa, where he will officially "present" his party's by-election candidate -- Montreal lawyer and Bran Van 3000 chanteuse Stephane Moraille, who snagged the nomination last night.

Finally, Green Party Elizabeth May will spend the day in New Brunswick, where she will make herself available to local reporters in Moncton before heading off to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre for a quick meet and greet. Later tonight, she'll hold a town hall in Fredericton. 

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