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Orders of the Day - Let the omnibudget bill debate resume!

As the precinct prepares for the traditional Friday afternoon exodus, the omnibudget bill -- which is, as predicted by OotD, now officially under time allocation at second reading -- will undergo a third day of parliamentary scrutiny, although technically, today should only count as a half day, given the early adjournment.

Outside the Commons, Minister of State for Sport Bas Gosal hits the Foyer to reveal the Canadian host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with a thematically-linked PMO photo op also slated to take place this morning.

On the ministerial circuit today:

The PM heads to Burlington to "deliver remarks" at the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards.

Also venturing outside the precinct today: 

In Toronto, Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae holds a "caucus accountability session." 

Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear drops by the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, currently the site of the Canadian Association of Science Centres' annual conference. 

Out east, Revenue Minister Gail Shea is back in her home province of Prince Edward Island, where she's set to unveil a new plan to "reduce red tape and administrative burdens" on the Canadian tourism sector.

Also wending her way through Atlantic Canada today: Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose, who will pay a visit to the Irving Shipyard in Halifax, presumably so she can remind us, once again, how smoothly the national shipbuilding procurement process has unfolded thus far, in sharp contrast to the F-35 project.

In Quebec, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan takes part in the signing of a tripartite agreement in Odanak.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews makes himself available to the media after meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Victoria.

Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty attends a ceremony to commemorate the decommissioning, as it were, of the Canadian penny at the Royal Canadian Mint facilities in Winnipeg. Farewell, little coin. After more than a century of tireless and largely thankless service, you can finally rest. 

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