Inside Politics

Orders of the Day - How many more "important announcements" can possibly remain unmade?

As the August holiday-shortened four day week winds down, so, too, does the ministerial circuit -- well, until Monday, that is, when the regularly scheduled programme will doubtless resume. 

On the roster today:  A trio of Maritime ministers will be out and about in their respective home provinces, beginning with Defence Minister Peter MacKay, who will pay a visit to the Neptune Theatre. 

According to the advisory, he's not just there to deliver good news for Haligonian arts and theatre lovers -- although he will, of course, on behalf of Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore -- but he'll also share his thoughts on the latest employment figures, which are set to be released this morning.

Meanwhile, ACOA Minister of State Bernard Valcourt drops by Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska-based Ebenisterie Tech Design Woodworking in with new federal funding in hand, and Revenue Minister Gail Shea takes part in a bi-centennial celebration at Mont-Carmel Parish Hall.

Back in Ontario, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan heads to Pigangikum with new funding for First Nations education, and Essex MP Jeff Watson hits the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, almost certainly with a federal cheque in hand.

Moving west, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver kicks off his second day in Saskatchewan with a stop at the Prince Albert Satellite Station, where he and local MP Randy Hoback will provide an update on federal funding for the country-wide monitoring program.

One province over, Public Works Minister Vic Toews and local MP Laurie Hawn will talk crime prevention during an appearance at the Edmonton headquarters of the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters. 

Finally, in Vancouver, Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher takes a short break from his seemingly summer-long long-term infrastructure funding consultation tour to unveil new federal support for the British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society.  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.