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Orders of the Day - PM drops in on HMCS St. John's before bidding farewell (for now) to the North

The PM is set to spend his final day of his seventh annual northern tour in Churchill, where he will meet up with Defence Minister Peter MacKay for the last leg of Operation Nanook 2012, described by departmental news release as "Canada's premier annual northern sovereignty operation," which has been underway since mid-August and wraps up later this week. 

He's currently scheduled to make an appearance on board HMCS St. John's, after which he and his entourage will make their way to the airport for one last photo op before heading back to Ottawa.

Meanwhile, back on the south-of-60 ministerial circuit, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield is in St. John's to take part in the naming and dedication ceremony for the "newest vessel in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet."

Back on the mainland, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies drops by Toronto's MaRS Discovery District with "new support" for the Canada Gairdner International Awards.

In Saskatchewan, Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback joins local community leaders, veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members for Wounded Warriors Weekend.

Finally, Conservative MP Andrew Saxton pays a visit to the University of Victoria Centre for Aerospace Research, where he will unveil new measures to "strengthen" the sector in British Columbia.

According to the advisory, "excellent visuals will be available," although the exact details of what that could involve are left to the imagination of the reader -- and perhaps more crucially, at least from the perspective of the organizing department, Western Economic Diversification, the assignment editors charged with deciding whether it's worth sending someone to cover it.   

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