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Freeland hits World Bank, IMF meeting circuit; Bernier unveils Senate nominees

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in “private meetings” again today, the only front-bencher with a planned public appearance is Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

After spending yesterday ensconced in closed-door discussions with her G20 counterparts in Washington, D.C., Freeland will make the rounds at the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

Freeland recently confirmed that Canada will delay a new tax on digital services after signing onto a new deal to establish “a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent for multinational companies.”

She’s also scheduled to take questions from reporters during a mid-afternoon media availability at the Canadian embassy. (1:15 PM)

Back in Canada, People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier heads to Airdrie, Alta., to “introduce” the three candidates running under his party’s banner in the upcoming “Senate elections.” The non-binding vote administered by the provincial electoral agency will select nominees to fill the Senate’s two vacancies.

According to the advisory, the three candidates endorsed by the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) are Kelly Lorencz, Nadine Wellwood, and Ann McCormack. All three tried and failed to win seats in the House of Commons during last month’s federal election.

According to the advisory, Bernier “will also explain the PPC’s plan to address Western alienation through decentralizing the federal government, respecting the Constitution, and reforming the equalization formula.”

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