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Orders of the Day - Omnibudget bill headed for Royal Assent

As the Senate readies itself to give final parliamentary seal of approval to the government's  omnibudget bill this morning, the PM himself will be watching approvingly from the sidelines of the Red Chamber as the Governor General signs off on Royal Assent, at which point the parliamentary sitting will officially wrap up for the year. 

Later today, the PM will pay tribute to the first round of recipients to be honoured by his very own Volunteer Awards, which were originally slated to be handed out in 2011.

Also on the Hill this morning: New Democrat MP Charlie Angus joins First Nations chiefs from Northern Ontario to voice their collective and respective support for hunger-striking Attawipiskat Chief Theresa Spence, an action that, according to the advisory, the chiefs believe "speaks to the growing frustration within First Nations Communities about the lack of consultation and respect from the federal government."

Meanwhile, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney hits the National Press Theatre to unveil the list of countries of origin designated for "expedited processing of asylum claimants."

Outside the precinct, Defence Minister Peter MacKay will spend the day handing out federal cash in his home province, including money for "upgrades to recreational infrastructure" in Wolfville and "support" for Dartmouth-based food storage company Nova Cold Consolidated.

Also on the good news circuit: various and sundry Conservative MPs, including Michael Chong, who will announce "an investment in innovative technology" at in Guelph; Cheryl Gallant, who offers her government's support for the livestock industry in Cobden; and Merv Tweed, who brings "help for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness" to his hometown of Brandon.

Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau hits the hustings in Quebec, with stops in Roberval and Jonquieres. 

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