Eye on the Hill is a weekly update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Monday, Aug. 19:
-Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed that he will seek to prorogue Parliament and bring forward a new throne speech in the fall. Parliament was scheduled to resume on Sept. 16, but will now likely not return earlier than Oct. 21. The prime minister also said he will not be stepping down and has every intention of running in the 2015 federal election.
-Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board, announced the launch of online consultations on the government’s Action Plan on Open Government.
Tuesday, Aug. 20:
-Ed Fast, international trade minister, attended the second ASEAN-Canada Economic Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Brunei.
Wednesday, Aug. 21:
-Jim Flaherty, finance minister, launched his seventh annual National Policy Retreat, bringing together a number of influential Canadians to discuss the state of the economy in Wakefield, Quebec.
Thursday, Aug. 22:
-Denis Lebel, infrastructure minister, announced federal funding for two Quebec organizations through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF):
1. Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean received a $304,995 non-repayable contribution to carry out various infrastructure improvements.
2. The municipality of Saint-Ludger-de-Milot received a $215,117 non-repayable financial contribution to upgrade its community infrastructure.
Friday, Aug. 23
-Jason Kenney, minister of employment, social development and multiculturalism, and Chris Alexander, citizenship and immigration minister, announced $1.5 million in federal funding for a national memorial to the innocent victims of communism around the world. The monument is to be built between the Library and Archives Canada building and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.
-Mr. Fast, the international trade minister, concluded a two-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting in Brunei. Mr. Fast will be travelling to Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia from Aug. 24 to 28 to promote Canadian trade interests.
Eye on the Hill is prepared by Ottawa-based government relations and communications firm Flagship Solutions.