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Orders of the Day - Oh, What A Lovely War (of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Celebration)!

Fresh -- at least, one hopes -- from his weekend of international summiteering, the PM heads to Toronto to meet up with the visiting Windsors -- Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and their accompanying retinue -- at a War of 1812-commemorating military muster at Fort York, with Defence Minister Peter MacKay and his chief of defence staff also expected to be in attendance.

Back on the Hill, a serene silence appears to have settled in for the day, if not necessarily the duration of the Victoria Day respite from parliamentary business, with just one press conference listed on the itinerary for today, courtesy of the Canadian Psychological Association, which is seeking support for the upcoming launch of the Defeat Depression campaign.

Hitting the ministerial good news circuit:

ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt teams up with his Atlantic Canadian cabinet colleague Keith Ashfield for a "major innovation investment announcement" in Fredericton, during which the results of the first round of "competitive" funding applications will be revealed.

Meanwhile, in Miramichi, local Conservative MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon provides details on the government's plan to open a new Public Service Pay Centre.

Revenue Minister Gail Shea goes walkabout in Summerside, with a stop at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, where PEI Fisheries Minister Ron McKinley will join her for "an announcement", followed by a visit to Holland College's Marine Training Centre

Also on the Island today: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who will host a "employer roundtable discussion" on the budget in Charlottetown

Finally, Canadian Heritage James Moore will not, it seems, be escorting the Royal Couple throughout their whirlwind Canadian tour; according to his itinerary, he's still in New Brunswick, where he was part of the official welcoming ceremony, and where, later today, he will provide details on new support for "cultural projects" in Dieppe.

Back in Quebec, Transport Minister Denis Lebel delivers glad tidings to "five Quebec enterprises." (Spoiler alert: It will almost certainly involve money.)

In Burlington, Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino will, according to a tweet from his communications director, provide an update on Canadian Forces members and "skilled work in Ontario" at L-3 Wescam.

Elsewhere in Ontario, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear unveils "new investments in research infrastructure at colleges across Canada" during an appearance at the Casa Loma campus of George Brown College.

Also on the non-campaign hustings today: Dean Del Mastro, whose billing on the advisory lists him as Member for Peterborough and not the PM's parliamentary secretary, and who gets to play hometown hero with an "important announcement" that may or may not involve the Shining Waters Railway before dropping by a local homeless shelter with word of new federal support.

On the West Coast, Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes his red-tape-cutting manifesto to Vancouver, where he's set to speak at a board of trade-hosted lunch.

Finally, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau embarks on a day-long "special Olympic-themed event" in Quebec City, which will include a fundraiser for the Canadian Olympic Committee, the opening of the SportsAccord conference and a stint in Motivaction Jeunesse.  

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