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OotD: First Nations leaders to "set out clear expectations" for PM meeting

With two days left before Friday's somewhat hastily arranged meeting with the PM and key cabinet ministers, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo hits the National Press Theatre to "set out clear expectations" for the closed-door confab.

According to the notice, Atleo will be accompanied by Saskatchewan Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and British Columbia Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, which suggests that they will be included in the AFN-coordinated delegation.

Notably missing from the list of those taking part in today's press conference, however, is the name of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who nevertheless reportedly intends to attend the meeting with the PM, despite the absence of the Governor General.

Meanwhile, outside the precinct, Industry Minister Christian Paradis joins Canadian Space Agency president Steve MacLean and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) officials in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to reveal the future of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission. (Spoiler alert: It's a go!)

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • In Ontario, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal and local MP Ted Opitz make an appearance at the Etobicoke Olympium, and Pickering MP Corneliu Chisu delivers federal funding to assist local youth.
  • Moving west, Transport Minister Steven Fletcher shares good news with supporters of the Calgary Opera Association.
  • On the west coast, British Columbia MP Randy Kamp performs parliamentary secretary duties on behalf of Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield by unveiling an "important announcement regarding Coast Guard resources" in Vancouver Harbour," while his caucus colleague, Dan Albas, attends the opening ceremony of the Canadian Curling Association's 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup.

Also out and about in BC today: Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray, who will meet local party members in Port Moody. 

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