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UPDATED - Orders of the Day - Surprise! It's Fall Fiscal Update Day!

For the fourth time since his government took power, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty heads outside the precinct to deliver the fall fiscal update, which he will unveil later this morning during a speech to the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce while departmental officials hold an embargoed briefing for reporters back in Ottawa. 

UPDATE: Undaunted, it seems, by the minister's choice of locale, New Democrat finance critics Peggy Nash and Guy Caron will deliver their party's reaction to the minister's speech at the National Press Theatre later this afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Maxime Bernier drops in on a Frampton maple syrup shack to kick off what the advisory notes will be a full week of Canada-Europe trade-touting appearances by "government ministers and members of Parliament," who will meet with "business owners, workers and industry stakeholders" behind "some of Canada's most renowned and iconic brands and products" to "highlight how a free trade agreement with the European Union will help boost Canadian exports."

So, what, exactly, are these "iconic brands and products"? Well, according to the notice, wheat, canoes, Tilley Hats, potatoes and BC wood will take the spotlight during upcoming events, which suggests that no national stereotypes are at risk of being shattered in the course of this latest public relations exercise.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

  • In Nova Scotia, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea visits a Dartmouth boatyard to "present" the second of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero class vessels
  • ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt hands out money for various and sundry infrastructure projects in New Brunswick, while Conservative MP Jacques Gourde does the same for local snowmobile clubs in Quebec
  • Back in Toronto, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies launches Credit Education Week with a speech at the downtown YMCA.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz shows his support for Canada's pulse farmers while Minister of State Gary Goodyear announces "important funding for new research partnerships" during an appearance at Red River College

Also out and about today: Both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae hit the hustings in Calgary Centre on behalf of their parties' respective by-election candidates, Dan Meades and Harvey Locke.

Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau meets with University of Toronto students before heading to Charlottetown to mainstreet with local Liberal MP Sean Casey. 

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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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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