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OotD - Flaherty, fellow finance ministers retreat behind closed doors for fireside fiscal chat

As the Hill slumbers away the last week before official Ottawa shuts down for the holidays, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is off to Chelsea, Quebec for a closed-door confab with his provincial and territorial counterparts, which began last night with what was, by at least some accounts, a convivial dinner, and continues in a more formal setting today.

Also expected to be in attendance today: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, who could find himself the centre of not entirely welcome attention as a result of the Globe and Mail's meticulously detailed account of an alleged recruitment campaign reportedly waged by various and sundry Liberal operatives hoping to convince him to run for the party leadership, which landed with a thump on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, actual Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau is slated to tour St. John's, with open-to-media appearances at a local bakery and daycare, during which the rumoured Carney enticement efforts will almost certainly come up.

On the good news circuit:

  • ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt spends the morning handing out federal "support" to local Edmunstun businesses, with stops at Audiotek and Provincial Bandag Tires.
  • Transport Minister Denis Lebel convenes a series of roadside press conferences in Quebec to "mark the opening" of a new section of Highway 30 in Beauharnois, and the debut of newly minted Highway 50 near Montebello.  
  • Moving west, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews "celebrates the renovations" underway at an affordable housing project in Winnipeg, while in Alberta, Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer makes an appearance at a similar event in Magrath.
  • In British Columbia, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan delivers new funding to the Ehattesaht/Chinehkint Band in Zeballos, and International Trade Minister Ed Fast meets with Brazilian exchange students at an Abbotsford high school.  
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