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Justin Trudeau To Take Questions On Economy, Jihadists

01/20/2015 05:01 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in London, Ont., for a two-day caucus meeting with his MPs to discuss election strategy ahead of the 2015 election and the return of Parliament next week.

Trudeau will take questions from reporters at 12:30 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry his remarks live. 

This is the first time Liberal MPs will hear from Trudeau since Parliament rose in December for a six-week break.

Since then, the Conservatives have announced they will delay the budget until at least April amid plunging oil prices and economic uncertainty.

After the recent attacks in France, Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned that jihadists have "declared war," and eyes will be on Trudeau to see how he responds.

In the evening, Trudeau will give a speech at a rally organized by the party. CBCNews.ca will carry his speech live at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Deb Matthews, a Liberal minister for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the member of the Ontario Legislature for London-North-Centre, will be on hand to support her federal cousins.

Recruiting women, aboriginal candidates

Matthews arrived Monday evening with Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett for the screening of the documentary 25% — a film that examines the participation of women in politics.

The percentage is said to represent the number of women elected to office in Canada.

Bennett said women now account for 47 per cent of Liberal candidates in Ontario, and 36 per cent of Liberal candidates nationally.

"We're pretty excited by that, but we're not done yet," she said in an interview with CBC News on Monday.

Bennett, who has also played a key role in recruiting aboriginal woman to run for her party, said she was encouraged by the two dozen aboriginal men and woman who have so far expressed interest in running for the party.

Trudeau visited Iqaluit for the first time as Liberal leader last week, taking with him his son Xavier.

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