Inside Politics

Minister to share adoption experience, tout government support in Calgary

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Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder leads off Monday's good news circuit with an appearance at the University of New Brunswick, were, alongside local MP Keith Ashfield, he'll "celebrate a significant investment in scientific research."

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Tory MPs attend 'important infrastructure events' in NB, SK and BC

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As the week winds to a close, so, too, does the ministerial good news circuit, it seems, with just two events deemed by the Prime Minister's Office to be sufficiently "notable" to make it into the nightly advisory, although the press gallery-compiled itinerary reveals that Several Conservative MPs will also be out and about throughout the day.

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Open data on Tony Clement's agenda in Toronto

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes his open data crusade to Toronto, where he'll take part in "public consultations" on the government's "Action Plan on Open Government 2.0" at the North Toronto Public Library.

Also out and about in the Greater Toronto Area today: Etobicoke MP Ted Opitz, who will unveil new support for humanitarian assistance efforts in Somalia during an event at St. Philip's Lutheran Church.

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Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney drops by the Rockcut Shooting Club in North Bay to deliver an otherwise unspecified "announcement," which, given the venue and his portfolio, seems likely to be related to firearms regulation.

Back in the parliamentary precinct, Liberal MP Geoff Regan hits the stage at the National Press Theatre to discuss "developments" in what his party unfailingly refers to as "the PMO Ethics Scandal involving Mike Duffy."

Also on the Hill today: Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who will pose for photos as part of the "side dedication ceremony" for the War of 1812 Monument to be erected near the statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the East Block lawn.

(According to the notice, reporters are "invited to take part in the photo op only," which suggests the minister isn't planning to open the floor for questions.)

Later today, Glover will make an appearance at the opening ceremony of the 6th Francophone Games in Gatineau. 

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs James Bezan and Ted Opitz will provide an update on Canada's "support for human rights" after co-hosting a roundtable with "the local Ukrainian community" in Optiz's home riding of Etobicoke.

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Steve Blaney to provide update on 'high-profile human smuggling case

For the second day in a row, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney leads the summer ministerial circuit -- this time, by making an appearance in Hamilton to announce new developments in what the advisory characterizes as "a high-profile human smuggling case."

Elsewhere in Ontario, Minister of State for Fed Dev Ontario Gary Goodyear joins local MP David Tilson fpor a tour of Bolton-based Multivans Inc., where the pair will "see first-hand the return on a federal investment."


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UPDATED: Multiculturalism award ceremony in Vancouver cancelled

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UPDATE: According to a terse notice from the department, this event has been cancelled. "A new date has not yet been determined," it states.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney drops by the Multicultural Helping House Society headquarters in Vancouver, where he will host a mid-morning reception to honour this year's recipient of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism before making himself available to the media.

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Jason Kenney shares news on foreign credential recognition in Vancouver

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Employment Minister Jason Kenney heads to Vancouver to deliver what the advisory bills as an "important announcement about foreign credential recognition," with a satellite event slated for Toronto, where Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will do the honours on Kenney's behalf.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement hits the stage at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he'll reveal the details of Canada's latest contribution to a "space exploration mission"

Elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong delivers fresh support to the Plast Huculak Centre.


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UPDATED: John Baird, Marc Garneau show support for Israel at Ottawa rally

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The Parliamentary Budget Office is set to reveal the results of its review of the "fiscal materiality" of sick leave within the federal service, which was conducted at the request of New Democrat MP Paul Dewar, and will be posted to the parliamentary website this morning.

Although Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette is not scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss his findings, his staff will, according to the media advisory, be on hand to "brief interested persons."

Outside the precinct, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz makes himself available to reporters following the release of the latest monetary policy report and overnight rate.


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Prostitution bill back in the spotlight at Justice committee

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After a four-day break, the House justice committee is set to begin clause-by-clause review of the government's bid to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws, which gets underway this morning, and will likely wrap up within a few hours, depending on the number of amendments put forward for consideration.

Also on the Hill today: International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, Amnesty International Canada secretary-general Alex Neve and author Monia Mazigh join Sara Attia, Toronto-born wife of permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz, currently imprisoned in Egypt, to share the details of an letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and signed by "leading Canadian academics, lawyers, professionals, authors, artists, celebrities, writers, thinkers, activists and organizations", requesting "prompt and meaningful action to secure [his] immediate release."


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