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Orders of the Day - Conservative MPs, ministers hit the pre-Christmas good news circuit

The cacophonous din of democracy that normally fills Parliament Hill may have fallen silent for the holidays, but outside the precinct, the pre-Christmas political circuit is in full swing across the country.

On the east coast, Conservative MP John Williamson brings glad tidings, in the form of federal cash for renovations to a local arena, to Blacks Harbour, while in Quebec, Veterans Affair Minister Steve Blaney will do the same at a Saint-Gervais youth centre.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Denis Lebel will spend the morning at the Terminal 3 Check-In Counter at Pearson Airport, where he will "share highlights from his recent visit to China to promote trade and closer cooperation in the aviation and transportation sectors," as well as take suggestions for the upcoming budget and make "an important announcement related to consumer protection."

In nearby Burlington, Environment Minister Peter Kent drops by the Canada Centre for Inland Water with news on Hamilton Harbour, while elsewhere in the province, Conservative MP Terence Young shows his government's support for Oakville-based Smart Energy Instruments, and his caucus colleague Michael Chong gives a boost to Ontario grain farmers in Guelph.

Moving west, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews unveils new funding for renovations to the Carrick Community Club as well as "infrastructure support" for an arena and a local library, all at the behest of, and on behalf of Western Economic Diversification Minister Lynne Yelich. 

Still more WED bounty will be divvied up in British Columbia, where Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan will deliver fresh federal cash to both Black Creek and Campbell River, with Conservative MPs Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Andew Saxton and James Lunney scheduled to partake in similar events in Richmond, Vancouver and Parksvilles, respectively.

Back in Calgary, Minister of State for Finance will make himself available to the media before heading behind the closed doors of the Palliser Hotel for budget consultations.

Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau continues his trek through Newfoundland and Labrador, where he will "help out" at the Salvation Army's holiday kettle drives in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, and visit the DieTrac Technical Institute in Lewisporte. 

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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