Published on: September 6, 2016 | Last Updated: September 6, 2016 6:03 AM EDT
As thousands of Canadian students get ready to embark – or, in some cases, resume – their post-secondary educational adventures, key members of Team Trudeau will be heading back to school as well during a series of synchronized ministerial appearances set to take place on campuses across Canada throughout the day.
According to the various and sundry advisories sent out in advance of the day’s events, no fewer than five cabinet ministers are scheduled to “make major announcement[s] benefitting research” at universities in their respective home regions, including Treasury Board President Scott Brison (Dalhousie), International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau (Universite de Montreal), Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (University of Saskatchewan), Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi (University of Alberta) and Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr (University of Calgary).
Elsewhere on the post-secondary good news circuit, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc teams up with New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant to unveil new federal funding for infrastructure at the University of New Brunswick, with a similar event planned for Memorial University, where Public Services Minister Judy Foote will share the details.
Back on the mainland, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan – under whose ministerial portfolio much of the above noted funding will flow – makes her wayto the University of Waterloo for a reveal ceremony with the latest recipients to benefit from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
Meanwhile, before hitting the local campus, Hehr is slated to co-host a roundtable discussion on official languages, as well as stop by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society with new support “for Syrian youth facing employment barriers.”
Also out and about today: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who will hold a town hall on electoral reform in Sidney this evening.
Finally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spends the day in Hong Kong while Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr kicks off a whirlwind tour of India, where he and an accompanying “business delegation” will “strengthen the energy relationship” between the two countries, as well “encourage investment in Canada’s natural resource and clean technology sectors.”