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Orders of the Day: Liberal leadership hopefuls, start your engines!

Although it may feel like it's been underway for months, today marks the opening of the Liberal leadership race, which will soon be joined -- officially, that is -- by former MP and returning contender Martha Hall Findlay, who will reveal her ambition to take another crack at the job during a lunch appearance at Calgary's legendary Ranchmen's Club this afternoon. 

Also in Calgary today: NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who will spend a second day campaigning with his party's Calgary Centre by-election candidate, Dan Meades.

Meanwhile, with the clock now ticking down on his temporary tenure, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae will deliver a "major speech on energy and the Canadian economy" to the Canadian Club of Toronto.

Headlining the ministerial circuit today: Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose, who will hit the stage at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she will lead off a series of synchronized events across the country to highlight new government support for a new initiative that will "engage young people in addressing violence against women on university and college campuses."

According to the advisory, "similar projects will be announced throughout the day by parliamentarians across the country" with no fewer than three slated for New Brunswick: Senator Carolyn Stewart Olson (Mount Allison University, Sackville), Robert Goguen (CCNB, Dieppe) and Mike Allen (Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Fredericton), as well as Montreal, Scarborough, Waterloo, Lethbridge and Port Alberni.
 
Also out and about today:

On the east coast, Defence Minister Peter MacKay unveils new money for "recreational infrastructure" in his home riding of Pictou and ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt drops by Saint Jacques-based Boise Alljoist Ltd. with fresh funding.

In Montreal, Industry Minister Christian Paradis welcomes delegates to the Expoplast 2012 tradeshow in  while Jacques Gourde "helps to kick-start Canadian entrepreneurial businesses" in Quebec City, and Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney makes an appearance in Saint-Vallier to shares glad tidings, in the form of government support, with yet another Quebec snowmobile club.

Back in Ontario, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has a full day of events in Toronto, where she will do keynote lunch speaking duties at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Skills and Small Business Symposium, and then head to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation Chairman's Awards.

Also in Toronto today; Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who will drop in on the Toronto Stock Exchange to "highlight how the Harper Government is helping the mining industry create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians."

Meanwhile, in southern Ontario, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies talks to the Greater-Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Moving west to Manitoba, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews makes an announcement at the Rockwood Institution while Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz heads to the University of Manitoba to unveil "an investment" in the Canadian canola sector. 

In Alberta, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear pays a visit to Edmonton, where he's set to speak at Polytechnics Canada's annual student showcase at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher drops in on the Kinninnick Bakery.

Finally, Western Economic Diversification Minister Lynne Yelich presents new federal money to the Cowichan Sportsplex. 

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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