Inside Politics

Red tape, prepare to be reduced! Again! Moreso!

Treasury Board President Tony Clement heads to a Toronto pharmacy to mark the first day of Red Tape Awareness Week by revealing still more initiatives that, according to the advisory, "will generate significant administrative savings," with synchronized events slated to take place across the country, courtesy of Conservative colleagues in New Brunswick (Revenue Minister Gail Shea), Quebec (Small Business Minister of State Maxime Bernier) and Vancouver (TBS parliamentary secretary Andrew Saxton).

Back on the Hill, Liberal treasury board critic John McCallum joins the chorus of concern -- which was initiated, it should be noted, by the New Democrats over the weekend -- over the future of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Office, given the rapidly approaching end date for the term of the current occupant, the indefatigable Kevin Page. Tom Mulcair has called on the government to extend Page's term until a suitable replacement can be found; it remains to be seen what, if any, specific proposal McCallum will offer.

Also out and about today:

  • Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal pays a visit to Brampton-based General Kinetics Engineering Corporation to highlight how defence spending "supports jobs."
  • In Winnipeg, Western Economic Diversification Minister Lynne Yelich brings glad tidings to the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers' Market, while in neighbouring Saskatchewan, local MP Tom Lukiwski makes an appearance at a Lumsden riding arena with good news for Western Canadian oat producers.
  • Meanwhile, Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal will "acknowledge the completion of the Local Road Rehabilitation project" in Fort Saskatchewan, while on the west coast, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear delivers federal funding for "industrial research internships" across Canada.

On the Liberal leadership circuit, Justin Trudeau treks to Kamloops.

Finally, interim party leader Bob Rae kicks off a pre-sitting swing through Ontario by dropping by Kitchener, where he'll attend a party fundraiser at the Concordia Club. 

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