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Orders of the Day - Double the ministerial availabilities, double the fun!

In what appears to be either an outburst of interdepartmental event-planning efficiency or an inadvertent double booking, two senior cabinet ministers are set to hold back-to-back media availabilities at the very same Minister's(s') Regional Office in downtown Toronto this morning.

First up: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who will go before the invited cameras at 9:30 to discuss.... well, it's not actually clear from the advisory.  Jobs? Growth? Long term prosperity? The lingering controversy over his alleged partisan ties to Oshawa Port Authority appointees, which was formally brought to the attention of the ethics commissioner by the NDP earlier this week? Stay tuned!

In any case, as noted above, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is scheduled to make his appearance at the same venue an hour later, at which point, we are reliably informed by a note from PMO, he will "highlight the government's commitment to helping Canadian business grow and compete," as well as deliver an update on "Canada's support for the Syrian people" in the wake of his abrupt reversal on Canadian Relief for Syria.

Finally, just outside Antigonish, on a "new gravel road" that, according to the advisory, will be "marked with a red 'X'," Defence Minister Peter MacKay will be on hand as construction on Highway 104 officially gets underway. "If you cross the South River," the notice cautions, "you have gone too far."  

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