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Orders of the Day - Is it time for the annual summer TumbleWeedWatch already?

It's official: there is, at least at press time, absolutely nothing -- or, at least, no scheduled events -- going on in Ottawa today, at least as far as federal politics, so let's go straight to the out-of-town government good news circuit, shall we?

Conservative MP Jacques Gourde kicks off another day of handing out money to Quebec businesses with a stop in Saint-Hyacinthe to present "funding" to the CTT Group, after which he'll head off to Saint-Germain-de-Grantham with "major contributions" for two more local companies: Carrefour Quebec and Dercro Horticulture Inc.

Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Ed Fast is in Winnipeg, where he will deliver a keynote lunch speak to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters while elsewhere in the city, Shelly Glover drops by a local immigrant centre with "assistance" for youth.

Also out and about out west:

  • Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who will represent the government at the Pacific NorthWest Region Summit in Saskatoon;
  • Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher, who is set to hold another round of consultations on long-term infrastructure planning in Edmonton;
  • Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, who will unveil an "important infrastructure announcement" in Victoria.

Finally, a trio of backbench Conservative MPs take part in a series of synchronized announcements related to small craft harbours, with events slated for Pointe-Sapin (Tilly O'Neill Gordon), Selkirk (James Bezan) and Steveston (Kerry-Lynne Findlay).  

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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