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  1. Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The meeting built on a long history of cooperation on nature-related matters between Canada and the United States.
  2. Canada is pleased that the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention adopted the draft decision entitled “Addressing the Possession and Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.” This decision underscores the international community’s commitment to hold Syria to account for its possession and use of chemical weapons. The victims of the Syrian regime’s war crimes deserve to see those responsible held accountable for their heinous actions.
  3. Minister Bennett met with members of the Tundra Buddies Daycare Society to discuss early learning and child care investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience
  4. Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians. Today, the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, engaged with Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal, Louise Beaudoin, Board President for Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux, Paul Arseneault of the Université du Québec à Montréal and Martin Lessard of MT Lab on recovery for Montréal’s tourism industry. The discussion, organized by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) at MT Lab, centred on opportunities for this recovery outlined in the recent Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
  5. Minister Vandal to speak to Budget 2021 investments in climate change and hydroelectricity in the North
  6. Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians. Today, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, met with Alberta women-, family- and youth-serving organizations to discuss investments in early learning and childcare, as well as other supports for families introduced in Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
  7. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, will discuss green technology investments from Budget 2021. The discussion will be hosted by Edmonton Global, and they will be joined by industry representatives.
  8. Minister Garneau first offered his sincere condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the recent floods and earthquake in Indonesia. He affirmed that Canada stands with the people of Indonesia in this trying time.
  9. Officials from Health Canada will hold a media technical briefing to discuss the final screening assessment of talc.
  10. On behalf of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, along with the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Darren Fisher, will meet with representatives from Efficiency Nova Scotia to highlight investments in Budget 2021 that create jobs and promote a green recovery.
  11. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on April 22, 2021. The Summit will convene heads of state and government, and business and civil society leaders to discuss the urgent need for stronger climate action.
  12. Today, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, began her tour to discuss Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience by meeting virtually with members of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  13. On April 16, 2021, at approximately 7:00 p.m., due to the vigilance of staff members, packages containing contraband and unauthorized items were seized on the perimeter of Beaver Creek Institution, a multi-level security facility.
  14. The Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, met with women entrepreneurs to discuss early learning and child care investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. Establishing a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, in partnership with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners, which will help all families access affordable, high-quality, and flexible child care no matter where they live, and no longer shoulder the burden of high child care costs.
  15. Today, the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, met with industry leaders to discuss early learning and child care plan investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
  16. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, will attend a virtual event hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, to speak with early childhood educators and families in York Region on key measures in Budget 2021.
  17. The Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, will speak to the 2021 Budget and the Government of Canada’s plan to make a transformative investment to build a Canada-wide early learning and child care system at a virtual event.
  18. On April 14, 2021, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Donnacona Institution, a federal maximum-security institution.
  19. The President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, will host a virtual roundtable with Dr. Erin Schryer, President and CEO of Origins Natural Learning Childcare and The Woods, on early childhood learning and the Government of Canada’s plan to build a national early learning and child care system.
  20. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of their 2021 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
  21. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise motorists of an alternating lane closure on the LaSalle Causeway for repair work.
  22. In December 2018, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s independent report on the situation in Chechnya found ‘clear evidence of the successive purges against LGBTI persons’ in Chechnya as well as of numerous other grave Human Rights violations. The report documented that LGBTI persons in Chechnya had been subjected to systematic harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings.
  23. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government acted swiftly to provide support to protect Canadians and support people and businesses, adapting its response as the pandemic evolved. The government’s broad suite of support measures has helped families, protected jobs, and supported businesses across Canada. More than eight of every ten dollars spent to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians continues to come from the federal government.
  24. A long-term plan for a faster-growing Canadian economy must include housing that is affordable for working Canadians, especially young families. Stable housing is critical for communities and for a strong middle class.
  25. The worst economic impacts of the pandemic have been suffered by those who could least afford it. Low-wage workers have been up to six times more likely to suffer layoffs than wealthy Canadians.
  26. The impact of COVID-19 on workers and businesses in tourism, arts, and culture has been severe. With the rollout of vaccines underway, businesses in the tourism, arts, and culture sectors are getting ready to welcome Canadians back to experience the great places and activities this country has to offer—when it is safe to do so. Canadians are also eager to return to the local festivals and places they know and love.
  27. COVID-19 has affected all Canadians, but women have been disproportionately affected. In the labour market, women were hit earlier and harder, and their jobs continue to recover more slowly. Long-standing gender inequities have only been amplified over the course of the pandemic—and it has put decades of hard-fought gains for women in the workplace at risk.
  28. The pandemic has made access to early learning and child care a universal issue that is resonating across sectors, regions, and income brackets. School and child care centre closures have been difficult for parents. Some have had to leave their jobs, or reduce their hours significantly. Without access to child care, parents cannot fully participate in our economy.
  29. Climate change is the challenge of our times. And it is also one of our greatest opportunities. Climate action creates new opportunities for engineers, scientists, farmers, construction workers, tradespeople, resource workers, energy workers, researchers, and more.
  30. A plan for a long-term recovery must look to challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the years and decades to come. It must be led by a growth strategy that builds on the unique competitive advantages of the Canadian economy, and make sure that Canada is well-positioned to meet the demands of the next century.
  31. No relationship is more important to the federal government than the relationship with Indigenous peoples. The federal government continues to work with Indigenous peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship—one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights.
  32. Young people were among the hardest and fastest hit when the pandemic struck, experiencing more job losses than any other age demographic. They have also experienced the worst decline in mental health of any age group. Young Canadians must be at the centre of Canada’s recovery not only to help them rebound today, but to invest in their future success and the future success of our economy
  33. Budget 2021 is about finishing the fight against COVID. It’s about healing the economic wounds left by the COVID recession.
  34. Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along.
  35. It’s about meeting the urgent needs of today, and about building for the long term. It’s a budget focused on middle class Canadians, and on pulling more Canadians up into the middle class. It’s a plan that embraces this moment of global transformation to a green, clean economy.
  36. On April 9, 2021 as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Regional Reception Centre, a federal multi-level security institution.
  37. The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Building on this commitment, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, together with Chief Darcy Gray of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, announced today that they have agreed to a landmark plan to advance reconciliation in the fisheries.
  38. The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will hold a media availability regarding federal government assistance to the provincial government of Ontario in combatting COVID-19.
  39. Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement:
  40. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, issued the following statement during National Volunteer Week 2021
  41. Throughout the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic response, the Government of Canada has collaborated with provinces and territories to ensure they have the equipment and supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.
  42. “Canada expresses grave concerns over the targeting of ten of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists for participation in a peaceful assembly.”
  43. On April 15, 2021, an inmate from Drumheller Institution died while in our custody.
  44. Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and Claudia Cornejo, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, discussed the importance of trade and investment in creating jobs and supporting economic recovery in Canada and Peru.
  45. Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that the Government is taking a major step in rehabilitating the Québec Bridge, including the possibility of repatriation provided a fair agreement can be negotiated.
  46. Mr. Charest was appointed as special negotiator in the Pont de Québec file in the summer of 2019. He was tasked by the Government of Canada with recommending options for solutions that could ensure the rehabilitation and the long-term viability of the Pont de Québec. Mr. Charest is known for conducting several complex negotiations over the course of his career, notably regarding management of the new amphitheatre in Québec City.
  47. The Québec Bridge, originally built as a railway bridge, was designed to link the two shores of the St. Lawrence River and the railways in Quebec and the United States, which was then operated by 11 railroad companies.
  48. The only bridge of its kind in the world
  49. On April 10, 2021, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized on the perimeter of Collins Bay institution, a multi-level security facility.
  50. Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the reappointment of Serge Riendeau as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) for a one year-term, effective May 14, 2021.