Inside Politics

UPDATED - Orders of the Day - Hey, where did all the MPs go?

Barely twelve hours after the House up and rose for the holidays two days early, lightly iced tumbleweeds are already blowing through the corridors of power as the precinct is transformed, overnight, from bustling, bickering hub of democracy to Neo-Gothic ghost town, albeit one festively adorned with all the trimmings of Christmas.

Headlining the otherwise sparse Hill media circuit today: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who hits the Commonwealth Room this morning for the ceremonial signing of an "immigration information sharing agreement" with US Ambassador David Jacobson wielding the pen on behalf of our neighbours to the south.

Meanwhile, in the Centre Block press theatre, representatives from the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists unveil new guidelines for the assessment and treatment of auditory processing disorder.  

UPDATE: According to a just-issued advisory, Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae will make himself available to reporters at the National Press Theatre later this morning, where he will share his latest thoughts on the F-35s, as well as "ways forward in the replacement of Canada's CF-18s. 

Another last-minute notice has invited members of media to hear what Conservative MP Russ Hiebert has to say about the passage of his union disclosure bill. (Spoiler alert: He's thrilled, I'm guessing.) 

Outside the capital, Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher makes an announcement in Prince Rupert.

Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau starts his day in Midland, where he will deliver "brief remarks" at a Royal Canadian Legion "meet and greet", and then heads to Barrie to take part in a toy drive. 

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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