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Orders of the Day - Bonne chance, Quebelectorate!

As Quebeckers head to the polls and the rest of the country holds its collective breath in tense anticipation of the outcome, both the New Democrats and the Liberals will kick off the post-Labour Day pre-parliamentary return political season with competing outside-the-bubble caucus retreats.

Later today, members of the Official Opposition will descend on St. John's to "plan its strategy" for what the advisory describes, incorrectly*, as "the fall session."

Meanwhile, the Third Party will do much the same when it takes up temporary residence at the Fairmont Chateau Montebello.

On the ministerial circuit, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is in Toronto, where he share the details of the "economic impact" of the sector during an appearance at Canaccord Genuity.

In Alberta, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies and Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney join forces to announce new funding for the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton.

Also out and about today: MPs Kellie Lietch and Chris Alexander, who will visit a local food bank and "celebrate the grand opening" of the Bluedrop aerospace training and defence simulation centre in Regina and Halifax, respectively.

*A new session, of course, begins with a Speech from the Throne, which as far as we know is not on the government's short-term agenda. Which is why, barring unexpected prorogation, when the House gets back to business later this month, it will be the continuation of the first session of the 41st Parliament, although if one simply must treat it like a new instance, "fall sitting", while not technically accurate**, is usually acceptable to all but the most pedantic of procedural wonks.

**Generally speaking***, a "sitting" refers to a single calendar day, and not a consecutive series thereof, but "fall sittings" just sounds weird.  

***Except during extended (read: filiblustery) sitting days, which persist until the House adjourns, even if it means that Wednesday lasts until the following Tuesday, at least as far as the Commons timestream.

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