iPolitics AM: O’Toole kicks off Alberta mini-tour as Trudeau huddles with front bench team in Ottawa

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Erin O'Toole (left) and Jason Kenney. (Jason Kenney Twitter photo)

With the prospect of a snap trip to the polls this fall seeming less likely by the hour — which, as Canadian Press notes, appears to be at least partly due to rising fears that the recent upswing in COVID-19 case numbers could mark the start of a second wave of outbreaks across the country — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to spend a few more hours in a closed-door huddle with his front bench team at their weekly cabinet meeting following an extended two-day retreat focused on the upcoming Speech from the Throne.

As per his official itinerary, he’s also planning to take questions from reporters later this afternoon. (1:30 PM)

Meanwhile, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole kicks off a whirlwind Western tour in Olds, Alberta, where, according to the party-issued invite, he’ll join area MP Blaine Calkins and local developer James Carpenter for a “farm festival” at a private residence to “celebrate and prepare for a Conservative victory in Canada.” (5:50 – 8:30 PM)

As per the advisory, the evening get-together “is not a ticketed event,” although “valued donors and volunteers have been invited,” while “walk-ins or guests who do not preregister” will “regrettably” be “turned away” due to COVID-19 protocols.

It’s worth noting that there’s no minimum contribution required to attend, although the party is “asking for a donation … up to the maximum of $1,625” to pay off O’Toole’s remaining campaign debt, and notes that, if attendees are “also inclined, a contribution to the Conservative Party of Canada and/or Erin’s local riding association would be immensely appreciated.”


Due to the prorogation of parliament, all House and Senate committee meetings are suspended until regular sittings resume in September.


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