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Orders of the Day - Climb aboard the Canada-EU trade love train, hard-working [Insert Provincial Demonym here]!

International Trade Minister Ed Fast kicks off a cross-country blitz of Canada-EU trade-boosting ministerial appearances, at which various and sundry cabinet colleagues will "highlight the many benefits that an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement" promises to bring to "hard-working" Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, Islanders, New Brunswickers, Nova Scotians, Quebecers, Ontarians, Manitobans, British Columbians and "residents of Saskatchewan."

(Seriously, is "Saskatchewanian" not the correct term, at least in the minds of the denizens of that province? If that's the case, consider this an unreserved apology for all those times that my use of thereof may have unintentionally caused distress.)

Meanwhile, in a competing series of synchronized events, New Democrat MPs fan out across the country to call for a national transit strategy, with scheduled appearances in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Surrey.

Also out and about today:

  • Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan heads to Montreal for the closing ceremonies of the International Polar Year Conference
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney provides an update on the future of Ste. Anne's Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
  • Local MP Royal Galipeau delivers federal funding for the Ottawa Network for Education
  • Justice Minister Rob Nicholson drops by the Potting Shed at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre with an announcement that will "strengthen innovation and bring jobs to the Niagara area," and then heads to St. Catharine's armed with glad tidings for a local child advocacy centre
  • Elsewhere in Ontario, Defence Minister Peter MacKay makes an announcement at CFB Borden
  • In Winnipeg, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews unveils new money to to help the homeless, and Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher details government support for Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. to "help local Aboriginal people enter the job market"

Finally, back in Ottawa, the Dalai Lama will be the guest of honour at the 6th World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet, which will get underway this morning in Ottawa. 
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