Parliament Hill rolls out the red carpet for visiting Ukraine
President Petro Poroshenko, who is scheduled to deliver a mid-afternoon
speech to MPs, senators and other dignitaries in the House of Commons Chamber,
followed by an address to the anticipated crowd of Ukraine supporters at a
Euromaidan Ottawa-organized welcome rally on the parliamentary lawn.
Before that gets underway, however, Poroshenko will be whisked away to a
private meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and later
this evening, he'll meet with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.
Also on the visiting VIP circuit today: Denmark's Crown Prince
Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, who will spend much of the day at
Rideau Hall, talking "research, trade and innovation" with Johnston and other
invited guests, and eventually planting a ceremonial tree on the grounds.
Back on the Hill, despite the Commons being shuttered for Poroshenko's visit,
the parties are set to hold their regular Wednesday morning caucus confabs.
Before New Democrats retreat behind closed doors to talk strategy,
however, party leader Tom Mulcair will join long-time
New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer as he makes an otherwise
unspecified announcement on his political future.
Later this morning, the Parliamentary Budget Office will
release a new report on the potential cost of imposing toll costs on the
replacement for the Champlain Bridge.
Finally, the Senate legal and constitutional affairs
committee reconvenes to hear from a final round of witnesses before
wrapping up its 'pre-study' of the government's proposed prostitution bill
On the speaking list today: Bedford lawyer Alan Young, who
headed up the case that ultimately resulted in Supreme Court striking down the
current laws, Canadian Police Association president Tom
Stamatakis, and lawyer Georgialee Lang.
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