The Weekly Look-Ahead

July 12, 2019

The Liberals enjoyed a spate of good news this week. They are doing well in the polls, both nationally and across riding-rich Toronto, experts and the media continue to pan the Conservative climate plan, and Ministers and MPs are out across the country making funding announcements.

It’s not all sunny ways, of course. Former Liberal Cabinet Minister and Ambassador to China John McCallum is stirring up election meddling controversy, a majority of provincial Premiers continue to band together against the Liberal carbon pricing system, and Bombardier announced that it will lay off half of its work force in Thunder Bay.    

How will the Liberals maintain momentum in the week ahead? Can the opposition parties counter-punch by grabbing the headlines and driving the agenda?

These are the stories that Sussex’s anticipates will shape the discourse this week.

1. Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference

From July 15 to 17 Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi will co-chair EMMC 2019 with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Honourable Michelle Mungall. The theme for this year’s Conference is Competitiveness and Innovation in Canada’s Energy and Mining Sectors. The agenda includes topics such as Women in Natural Resources, Communicating Canada’s Global Energy and Mining Advantage and How Artificial Intelligence Can Unlock Value in Canada’s Energy and Mining Sectors. The impact of environmental legislation and regulation on resource sector competitiveness will almost certainly be raised by provincial Ministers.

2. China

China will stay in the headlines, which is rarely positive for the Liberals. The Conservatives are expected to stay on the offensive against previous Canadian Ambassador to China and Liberal Minister John McCallum. Ambassador McCallum’s remarks to Chinese officials that the Liberal Government is better for their interests have been repudiated by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. The Conservatives have asked CSIS to investigate and will work to keep this story alive in the week ahead.

3. Announcements

The Liberals will continue to make funding announcements ahead of the caretaker convention period. Minister Joly, Minister Monsef, Parliamentary Secretary Anandasangaree and MP Sean Fraser are all scheduled for funding announcements to start the week. In addition to funding announcements, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, will speak to the media on Monday about the coming into effect of Phase 1 of the new Air Passenger Protection Regulations.