Indigenous families and First Nations leaders, senior provincial and territorial representatives will join Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Minister of State for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch for the "first ever" National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which will get underway at a downtown Ottawa hotel this morning. A parallel "Peoples' Gathering" is slated to take place at Carleton University.
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Elsewhere in the capital, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Rideau Hall for the annual Outstanding Achievement award ceremony, which, as explained by the Privy Council Office, is presented by the prime minister himself, and "accords the highest expression of recognition for senior leaders in the Public Service of Canada."
New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off his second mini-tour of the Greater Toronto Area in as many weeks by joining local MP Andrew Cash and Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton at the West End Parents Daycare before making his way to Mississauga to take part in Friday prayers at a local mosque alongside New Democrat candidate Fayaz Karim.
Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau delivers a noon keynote address to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
Back in the Chamber, MPs will while away the final hours before the House shuts down for a week-long constituency break by debating possible amendments to the government's bid to tighten the rules on establishing safe injection sites.
This afternoon, Conservative MP Joe Preston will pitch his colleagues on his private members' proposal to eliminate jail time as a penalty for any offence related to not filling out "mandatory surveys" like the now defunct long-form census.
On the Friday ministerial circuit:
- Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover teams up with West Nova MP Greg Kerr at the Universite Sainte-Anne to unveil new federal support for the "cultural projects" of three Church Point Francophone organizations.
- Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel drops by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with news on the centre of creation and production of 7 doigts de la main, while International Trade Minister Ed Fast hosts a 'Go Global' export forum in Laval, and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney doles out a fresh instalment of cash to bolster "winter tourism" at a Lac-Etchemin snowmobile club.
- In Toronto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Fast is set to share his thoughts during a keynote address to the Economic Club of Canada, while Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong and local MP John Carmichael deliver new federal support for community-based seniors programs.
- Moving west to Winnipeg, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz shares news on the Agricultural Growth Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this week, while Minister of State for Western Diversification Michelle Rempel shows her government's support for the biofuels sector during a stop at the University of Saskatchewan.
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