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OotD - Woodworth vows to fight on as House of Commons moves on

In the aftermath of his motion to consider redefining the legal definition of human being going down to not quite so categorical a defeat than some observers had expected, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth convenes what would seem to be his final press conference on the issue this morning, during which he will almost certainly reiterate the message that was dispatched under his name in news release form following the vote; namely, that he has no intention of retreating from the battlefield.

Back in the Commons, Chamber denizens will resume consideration of the government's bid to "help  families in need" by ensuring paid leave for parents contending with a seriously ill or kidnapped child, which, thanks to the preliminary support of the opposition, will soon be sent to committee.

Also on the media circuit today:

  • NDP MP Francois Lapointe presents his motion on asbestos, which is slated to be debated this evening,
  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair joins party health critics Libby Davies and Djaouida Sellah on the stage of the National Press Theatre to launch a new campaign on health care
  • NDP fisheries critic Robert Chisholm "urges" the Conservatives to "reverse" the decision to end the Freshwater Institute's experimental lakes program, which will also be the focus of a rally slated to be held on the Hill this morning
  • Liberal MP Joyce Murray marks United Nations World Tourism Day by condemning the government's "attacks on Canadian tourism."
  • Green Party Leader Elizabeth May delivers her analysis of two recent agreements between Canada and China, which, in her view, hold "serious implications for Canada's economic independence, national security, democracy and environment."
  • The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco calls for "more federal action on illegal cigarettes."
  • The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries reveals the results of a self-commissioned report on the industry's "economic importance."  

Later this morning, the Parliamentary Budget Office will release a new report on fiscal sustainability.

A few blocks from the Hill, the Council of Canadians heads back to federal court for a new round of legal arguments in their ongoing challenge of election results in seven ridings.

Outside the precinct, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is in Toronto to deliver "an announcement on crime prevention" before heading off to Microsoft Canada headquarters to kick off Cyber Security Awareness Month, after which he's slated to deliver closing remarks at an international airport investigators' training symposium. 

Elsewhere in the GTA, Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney speaks at the third annual "Veterans on Bay Street", and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal makes an appearance at a 2015 PanAm games "venue announcement" at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus, where, according to the PMO 'notable event' highlighter, an "important investment" will be unveiled.

In Brampton, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear "celebrates the legacy" of the Canadarm and "the future of space robotics" alongside Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (but not, presumably, Marc Garneau).

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq pops up in Dartmouth with a new plan to "encourage healthy living and healthy weights among Canadian children and youth."

On the interim opposition leader front, Bob Rae treks to Belleville, where he will meet with local supporters at Capers Restaurant.

Finally, later this morning, the prime minister will be "honoured" (note: quotemarks denote not only a direct citation, but sarcasm) in absentia as the recipient of the "first ever" Richard Nixon Prize, which will be presented to an Eastwood-esque empty chair by author Yves Engler at a Raging Grannies-feted ceremony in the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union boardroom, courtesy of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Network and NOWAR-PAIX.

The political publicity stunt is timed to coincide with the PM's acceptance of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation's annual World Statesman Award, which he will receive in person at an invite-only gala in New York later this evening.  

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