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Orders of the Day - John Baird launches local wave of "pro-trade plan" consultations

As the clock ticks away the last week of pure, unadulterated summer before next week's caucus retreat, the ministerial circuit cranks up for one final blitz of good newsers before the parliamentary back to school cycle kicks into full gear. 

  • Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird launches the latest round of consultations on the "next phase" of his government's "pro-trade plan," which, according to the advisory, will involve providing suggestions on how to "refresh" the existing "Global Commerce Strategy." 
  • Industry Minister Christian Paradis is in Toronto, where he will serve as guest of honour at a breakfast hosted by the Economic Club of Canada, during which he will, we're assured, emphasize his commitment to "strengthening Canada's involvement in the global digital economy."
  • Elsewhere in Ontario, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver meets up with Cambridge-area MPs Harold Albrecht, Dave Mackenzie and Phil McColeman at the Aecon Group Inc., where the trio will tour the operation, talk to employees and "witness first hand the job and economic growth benefits of Responsible Resource Development."
  • On the east coast, Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher talks long-term public infrastructure planning at the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce while on the other side of the Confederation Bridge in New Brunswick, his fellow junior minister Bernard Valcourt delivers federal cash to companies in Bertrand and Caraquet.
  • Meanwhile, on the northwestern leg of the government visibility relay, Revenue Minister Gail Shea brings her red tape-cutting message to the Saskatoon Club, where she will host a closed-door roundtable with unidentified local business owners, and  Yukon MP Ryan Leef unveils new money for arts and culture in Whitehorse.

Finally, back in the capital, the Historica-Dominion Institute will bring together WWII and Korean War veterans to share -- and preserve -- their stories through the Memory Project.   

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