Trudeau-Biden Meeting and Assisted Dying Bill – February 23, 2021
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics. (Public affairs)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden make a joint statement following their virtual bilateral meeting. This was President Biden’s first bilateral meeting with a foreign head of government since assuming the American presidency on January 20, 2021.
Justice Minister David Lametti speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill as the House of Commons considers the Senate’s amendments to the medical assistance in dying bill (C-7). The federal government has asked a Quebec court for a one-month extension for Parliament to change Canada’s MAID law ahead of the court-imposed deadline of February 26.
NDP MP Charlie Angus speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer regarding compensation for the delay and denial of services to First Nations children. The report estimates it could cost the federal government up to $15 billion to comply with a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision as it relates to children who should have received services available under Jordan’s Principle. Named in memory of Jordan River Anderson from the Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, the principle ensures all First Nations children have equitable access to government services.