Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up his cabinet retreat Wednesday, after spending days preparing for the months ahead and the second half of their mandate in St. John’s, N.L.
The meetings come amid criticism over the Liberals’ handling of bringing Canadians home from Irma-ravaged Caribbean islands, the ongoing backlash over proposed tax changes and his controversial trip to the Caribbean in December.
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The relationship with the United States and administration of President Donald Trump will continue to be a focus of discussion during the annual cabinet retreat, especially as Ottawa is to host the next round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations Sept. 23-27.
David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador in Washington, D.C., will update ministers on that file.
There are just over two years left before the 2019 federal election, so some of the talk is also expected to focus on how the Liberals can make good on more of their promises before Canadians head to the polls.
The cabinet is looking at a busy legislative agenda this fall, which includes some massive bills such as the proposed legalization of cannabis for recreational use and a new National Security Act.
The Liberals also face a new Conservative leader and an increasingly unpredictable Senate.
— With files from Global News