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Orders of the Day - See you Monday, 41st parliamentarians!

With just two days to go before the Commons returns to regularly scheduled parliamentary business, ministers and local MPs hit the good news circuit for one last hurrah, beginning with what appears to be a mini-burst of education-themed Economic Action! Plan appreciation. 

Three ministers will be on hand to celebrate the completion of various projects at local (to them) colleges and universities: Treasury Board President Tony Clement tours the new West Parry Sound campus at Canadore College, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear attends the "grand opening" of Conestoga College's Cambridge campus, and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews visits the "recently renovated" Biological Sciences Building at the University of Manitoba.  

Meanwhile, in what may or may not be a follow-up to yesterday's prime ministerial musings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies takes to the stage at the C.D Howe Institute to talk pooled registered pension plans.

Also out and about on the ministerial circuit:

  • Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan delivers an "important announcement" on First Nations education in British Columbia.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield unveils new funding for victims of crime services -- which, for clarity, should probably be rephrased as "... services for victims of crime"-- in Moncton before heading to Fredericton to serve as emissary for Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
  • Western Economic Diversification Minister Lynne Yelich makes "an important announcement" to benefit the provincial aerospace industry at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, while elsewhere in Winnipeg, Pierre Lemieux reveals "an investment in sunflower research".
  • Palliser MP Roy Boughen joins Saskatchewan Government Services Minister Laura Ross to share the details of new funding for three "technology research projects related to oil and gas production" at Innovation Place Regina.
  • Environment Minister Peter Kent announces the "reintroduction" of an "iconic Canadian animal" at the Banff Park Museum.
  • Finally, Kelowna MP Ron Cannan reveals new federal support for the "tree fruit industry"

On the interim opposition leader hustings today: Bob Rae takes his Skills and Trades Tour to Montreal, where he's scheduled to meet students in the pharmaceutical program at College Gerald-Godin and hold a Q&A session with Young Liberals at Concordia.

Finally, NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair tours St. John's, where, according to the advisory, he will "unveil a new endorsement" and hold a meet-and-greet at Rocket Bakery. For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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