After convening a conference call with provincial and territorial premiers yesterday afternoon to “discuss their ongoing collaboration to address the COVID-19 pandemic” — which, according to the official read-out, focused, unsurprisingly, on the “Omicron variant of concern” and the resulting “strain on health care systems, businesses, workers and families across the country” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to spend the day in “private meetings,” according to his daily itinerary.
He’s also booked in for a call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during which he’ll likely provide more details on Canada’s pledge to support “possible deterrence measures against Russia,” an offer, as CBC News reports, was initially extended by Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly during a Dec. 31 meeting with her U.S. counterpart, Antony Blinken.
“The sanctions could include cutting off Russia’s largest financial institutions from global transactions, imposing an embargo on some American technology transfers and arming Ukraine’s defenders,” CBC News noted, citing a report from the New York Times.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole hits the digital hustings with a midday appearance at an online event hosted by the Yarmouth, Bridgewater, and Annapolis Valley Chambers of Commerce, where, as per the advisory posted to Instagram, he’ll discuss “the issues that mean most to business.” (12 PM)
Finally, Trade Minister Mary Ng fires up her webcam for a “virtual announcement” on the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund, with her cabinet colleague Marci Ien and parliamentary secretary Arif Virani also slated to be in attendance. (10:15 AM)
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Regular parliamentary proceedings are scheduled to resume on Jan. 31, 2022.
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