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Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne talks with media in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne talks to reporters in Ottawa in March 2018. (Matthew Usherwood/iPolitics)

The two Team Trudeau front-benchers tasked with leading their government’s bid to combat climate change are set for another day on the COP26 summit circuit in Glasgow, starting with a midday appearance by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. It’s worth noting he was serving as Canada’s Environment minister right up until last week, when he was reassigned as part of the post-election cabinet shuffle — at the launch of the Global Youth Energy Outlook.

He’s also booked to speak during an afternoon session on “just climate energy,” specifically, “strengthening global networking to accelerate energy transition through Renewable Energy Microgrids in Indigenous communities.”

Elsewhere on the COP26 floor, newly installed Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault — whose resumé includes senior roles with two high-profile advocacy groups, Greenpeace and Equiterre — will announce “new Canadian and international members” to the Powering Past Coal Alliance, and hold a “short, in-person media availability.”

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne wraps up a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., where, as the Canadian Press reports, he intended to “press the Biden administration on the potential in Canada’s largely untapped rare-earth mining sector” as part of ongoing discussions on “easing the supply chain crunch that has clogged U.S. ports.”

According to his office, he’ll update reporters on what, if anything, emerged from his closed-door meetings with American officials this afternoon. (12:10 PM)

Back in Canada — specifically, Vancouver — Trade Minister Mary Ng drops by the University of British Columbia Technology Enterprise Facility to “highlight” new export funding for small and medium-sized businesses. (6:15 PM)

Finally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall to take part in a “memorial service to celebrate the life of former Ontario Premier William G. Davis,” who died in August, and drops by a Diwali celebration at an unnamed “local Indian restaurant” in Brampton, Ont.  (11 AM/2 PM)


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