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Orders of the Day - Happy trails, MPs!

With the House adjourned for a week-long post-Remembrance Day recess, two opposition leaders are taking advantage of a Commons-free Friday to hit the non-election hustings.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will start his day in downtown Toronto, where he's set to speak at the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada National Council Convention before heading out to Scarborough, where he will pay a visit to the East Scarborough Storefront, drop by Variety Village and join local NDP MPs Dan Harris and Rathika Sitsabaiesan for a "community meeting" at the local Boys and Girls Club.

Also in the Greater Toronto Area today: Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, who will give the keynote speech at the Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition Conference in Oakville, after which he'll trek to Montreal for the "celebration" of the 15th anniversary of Liberal MP Denis Coderre's election to the Commons.

On the ministerial circuit:

Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose heads to General Dynamics Land Systems in her hometown of Edmonton, where she's set to deliver an announcement on "the Canadian Armed Forces and the economy.

A similarly-themed satellite event is scheduled for the company's London operations, with local MPs Ed Holder and Joe Preston doing the honours on the minister's behalf.

Elsewhere in Ontario, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will be on hand at the launch of Toys for the North at the Thomson Terminals Warehouse in Etobicoke, which will serve as venue for the unveiling of an initiative "related to the safety of children's toys," and Conservative MP Kellie Leitch drops by the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to show her government's support for "Canada's agri-food industry".

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear heads to Conestoga College with new money for research, while in North Bay, local MP Jay Aspin shares news of a new initiative that will "create jobs and growth" in the region.

Moving west, Edmonton MP Rob Merrifield hits the Edmonton Expo Centre with news on the creation of "new market opportunities for farmers".

Finally, in Vancouver, Canadian Museum of Civilization representatives hold a public meeting to discuss the creation of the new Canadian Museum of History. 

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. 

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