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Fighter jets blast back onto the Hill agenda

The controversial F-35 -- er, Ultimate Fighter Jet To Ne Named Later -- file blasts its way back onto the political agenda today with the release of a much-anticipated report on the current military procurement regime, which was prepared by OpenText chairman Tom Jenkins, and will be unveiled by Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose at the Chateau Laurier later this morning.

Not surprisingly, New Democrat critics Matthew Kellway and Christine Moore will also have thoughts on the report in question, which they will share from behind the microphones at the National Press Theatre at 10:30.

Also running the press gallery gauntlet this morning, albeit for non-military procurement-related reasons is Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who will provide a recap of her recent visit to Washington, during which she "discussed climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline" with unspecified "US government and elected officials."

Back in the Chamber, the House will pick up where it left off yesterday afternoon, once again devoting the morning to third reading debate of the government's bid to enhance accountability within the RCMP, and shifting its focus to proposed changes to the witness protection program this afternoon.

Later this evening, Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber will get his first opportunity to sell his colleagues on his pitch to increase transparency; first, by amending the Access to Information Act to provide more context on when the CBC (that's us!) can refuse to disclose information that "could reasonably be expected to prejudice [its] journalistic, creative or programming independence,"; and secondly, by requiring the disclosure of all federal salaries set at a DM1 range ($188,600 - $221,800) or higher.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the Senate this afternoon, which is expected to pass a resolution barring newly independent senator Patrick Brazeau from the Upper House, pending resolution of his legal difficulties.  

On the committee front: Foreign Affairs will hear more about the situation in Mali, beginning with a briefing on the humanitarian challenges, courtesy of representatives from the Canadian and International Red Cross. Later this morning, former Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler will provide his perspective, with Ministers John Baird and Julian Fantino set to wrap up the session with a one-hour joint appearance at noon.

Also on the Hill this morning:

  • Outgoing Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, who will make his first appearance at Finance since his departure was announced.
  • Procedure and House Affairs embarks on what is expected to be a multi-meeting review of the proposed electoral boundary changes in Alberta, with Conservative MPs Jim Hillyer, Ted Menzies, LaVar Payne, Joan Crockatt and Devinder Shory on the witness list this morning, as well as officials from Elections Canada.
  • Aboriginal Affairs begins clause-by-clause review of the proposed Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act
  • Public Safety continues its study on the economics of policing, as does Status of Women its investigation into sexual harassment in the federal workplace.

Outside the precinct, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney touts the Canadian Immigration Integration Program in his speech to the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, while in Halifax, Environment Minister Peter Kent delivers an "important announcement" related to the Sable Island National Park Reserve. (PONIES!)

Finally, on the Liberal leadership circuit today: Martha Hall Findlay breezes through Nova Scotia while Justin Trudeau tours Cornwall. 

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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