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MPs retreat behind closed doors for weekly caucus confabs

It's Wednesday, so you OotD regulars know the drill: Closed-door caucus confabs all morning, exit interviews with departing opposition members -- including, it seems, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, who will hit the Foyer after his party's session breaks up.

Later this afternoon, the Commons will re-open for regular parliamentary business -- starting, of course, with Question Period, after which MPs will likely whip through a regulatory housekeeping bill sent over by the Senate before commencing report stage consideration of S-7, which would restore sunsetted anti-terrorism provisions related to investigative hearings.

Outside the Chamber, Liberal leadership candidate Marc Garneau makes an appearance on Parliament Hill, where he is expected to unveil a new policy initiative.

Later this afternoon, New Democrat foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere will "share the results" of the Reverse The Cuts campaign, which, she will apparently aver, demonstrate that "Canadians care about international development."

Also running the press gallery gauntlet this morning:

Sandra Dion, who is, according to the advisory, "victim of a serious crime," will update reporters on the outcome of her meeting with Public Safety officials to discuss the transfer of the "violent criminal" who assaulted her to a halfway house that, again according to the advisory, is less than a kilometre from her home.

Representatives from Human Rights Watch team up with the Native Women's Alliance, Justice for Girls and the Feminist Alliance for International Action for the release of a new report on "abusive policing and failures in protection of indigenous women and girls in Northern British Columbia."

On the committee front:

  • Ethics continues to peruse the fine print of the Conflict of Interest Act, with PCO acting deputy secretary and senior government machinist Joe "Wild Joe" Wild and Osgoode Hall dean Lorne Sossin on the witness list for this afternoon.
  • Justice members are set to wrap up their review of the government's efforts to create new criminal offences related to possession, trafficking and use of nuclear devices and radioactive material, and, if time allows, deal with an NDP motion to conduct a "thorough study" into current adherence to the rule requiring that all new legislation be double-checked for Charter compliance.
  • Over at National Defence, meanwhile, former Military Police Commission Chair Peter Tinsley will share his thoughts on proposed changes to the military justice system. 
  • International Trade members listen to what officials from Canam International and Sundher Group have to say about free trade with India before going behind closed doors to work on their report on a high level economic partnership with Japan.

Outside the precinct, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt heads to the Chateau Laurier to deliver an early evening address to the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

Finally, on the Liberal leadership circuit:

  • Martha Hall Findlay winds down her foray through Nova Scotia with a visit to a Halifax high school, and wings her way back to Toronto in time for a wine and cheese reception with "North Toronto supporters."
  • Joyce Murray tours the Greater Peterborough and Kawartha Regions
  • Justin Trudeau pays a visit to Queen's University, where he will deliver "brief remarks." 

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