Inside Politics

Premiers to talk trade barriers as Charlottetown confab continues

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As they head into a second day of closed-door meetings in Charlottetown, provincial and territorial premiers are set to turn their collective attention to the perennial push to eliminate internal trade barriers.

Later this afternoon, Liberal MP Wayne Easter will hold a press conference to share his -- and his party's -- thoughts on the conference, which is expected to wrap up on Friday morning.


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Mulcair, Liberals join latest push for missing women inquiry

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After spending much of the summer touring the country, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is back on Parliament oll, where he's set to hit the stage at the National Press Theatre later this morning to reiterate his call, and "discuss the need" for an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

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'Innovative firms' on Joe Oliver's Toronto agenda

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Finance Minister Joe Oliver heads behind closed doors for a roundtable discussion with the people behind AceTech, a Toronto non-profit organization that, according to the advisory, "provides training and mentorship for CEOs of innovative firms.  

Elsewhere in the city, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover drops by the headquarters of Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) with news for the local music industry.


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Justin Trudeau returns to the boxing ring in Halifax

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As his end-of-summer East Coast continues, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is set to return to the boxing ring this afternoon in Halifax, where he he will, according to the advisory, "spar" with Halifax entrepreneur and former competitive boxer Mickey MacDonald during a photo-op at Palooka's Executive Fitness, which is one of several local businesses owned by MacDonald.

The pair will also meet with "local youth" involved with Family SOS.

Before that gets underway, however, Trudeau will stop by Lunenburg for a closed-door chat with unspecified municipal leaders on "major issues facing the region."


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PM kicks off northern tour as Tom Mulcair treks to Kitchener-Waterloo

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As Prime Minister Stephen Harper launches his ninth annual Northern Tour in Whitehorse, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to Kitchener-Waterloo, where he'll accompany local New Democrat MPP Catherine Fife on a visit to a local daycare centre before making his way to Amherstburg for a Veterans' Town Hall with another local New Democrat MPP, Taras Natyshak.  

Also out and about in Southern Ontario today: Finance Minister Joe Oliver, whose three-day speaking tour wraps up with a "business roundtable" in Guelph.


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PM heads to BC for 'business roundtable' and party event

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One day before he's set to embark on his now traditional yearly northern tour, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in British Columbia, where, alongside International Trade Minister Ed Fast and local MP Mark Strahl. he'll take part in a "business roundtable" in Chilliwack before making his way to Langley for a "members event" at Krause Berry Farms.

Back in Ottawa, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off his day by speaking to delegates attending the Canadian Medical Association's annual conference, and then heads to Oshawa, where he'll team up with provincial NDP representative Jennifer French at a meeting on "childcare" at Durham College.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his caucus wrap up their three-day caucus retreat in Edmonton.


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CRA charity audits on the agenda at House finance committee

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As reported by CBC on Monday, MPs on the House of Commons finance committee are back in the parliamentary precinct today, courtesy of a formal request filed by New Democrat revenue critic Murray Rankin, who wants the committee to consider conducting full hearings into what he describes as "allegedly aggressive auditing of certain Canadian charities" by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The meeting is currently slated to take place behind closed doors, but that could change if members vote to open it up.

Either way, Rankin will share his concerns with reporters during pre- and post-meeting media availabilities.

Before that gets underway, however, the Transportation Safety Board will unveil its final report on the 2013 Lac-Megantic train derailment, which will be released later this morning at a press conference at the Lac-Megantic Golf Club.

New Democrat transport critic Hoang Mai will offer his thoughts on the findings during a midday appearance at the National Press Theatre.

Outside the precinct, the Canadian Medical Association continues its annual conference with an "election readiness" session with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, as well as discussions on "ensuring quality of end-of-life care for Canadians now and in the future."

Elsewhere on the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair chats with local media during a midday appearance at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, in Edmonton, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off his party's annual summer caucus retreat by breakfasting with MPs and "Alberta Co-operatives" before heading into full day of strategy sessions, as well as a joint meeting with party officials, including the board of directors and the National Election Readiness Team.

Once official caucus business has wrapped up for the day, Trudeau will head to Louise McKinney Park for an evening rally with "Liberal supporters."

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Tom Mulcair kicks off BC tour in Terrace

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As Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus get ready to spend the next few days at a closed-door caucus retreat in Edmonton, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads even further west -- to Terrace, British Columbia, where he'll join local MP Nathan Cullen for a mid-morning media availability, and attend a "community reception" later this evening.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Joe Oliver kicks off a mini-tour of southern Ontario in Waterloo, where he will, according to the advisory, "highlight [the] drivers of economic growth and job creation" during a lunch speech to the local Chamber of Commerce.

Back in the capital, Health Minister Rona Ambrose will address the 147th General Council of the Canadian Medical Association, which gets underway today at the Ottawa Convention Centre.


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Justin Trudeau in SK to talk 'water and infrastructure', visit folk festival

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After spending the last days off the public radar, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pops up in Regina, where he's set to join his party's sole Saskatchewan MP, Ralph Goodale, as well as "local experts" for a a closed-door confab on "water and infrastructure."

Later this afternoon, he'll make an appearance at the Saskatoon Folk Festival.


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PM to make evening appearance at 'Members Event' in Vaughan

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His traditional early-to-mid August tour now seemingly well underway, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to spend a second day in the Greater Toronto Area.

According to the itinerary released by his office, however, he'll be doing so behind closed doors, for the most part, as the only event listed on the itinerary released by his office is an evening appearance at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Park in Vaughan -- and even that appears to be for party members and supporters, and not open to the general public.

Also out and about in southern Ontario today: Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who is slated to join London North Centre Conservative MP Susan Truppe for a "roundtable discussion on criminal justice issues."

Meanwhile, in Welland, Public Works Minister Diane Finley shares the details of "new educational programming for Niagara, Hamilton and Burlington regions."


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