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Mulcair holds closed-door confab with Can-US business leaders during DC tour

For the first time since embarking on a four-day visit to Washington, DC, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will make himself available to the media later today, although not before heading behind closed doors for a "private roundtable meeting" with the Canadian American Business Council. 

Also on Mulcair's meet 'n' greet agenda today: Canadian Ambassador (and former NDP premier) Gary Doer, as well as prominent US Democrats Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi. 

He's also scheduled to drop by the Congressional Budget Office, on which the now seemingly permanently embattled Parliamentary Budget Office was originally intended to be modeled. 

Back on the Hill, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives dispatches its senior economists to the Centre Block press theatre to present this year's Alternative Federal Budget.

Meanwhile, ougoing Liberal Leader Bob Rae continues his farewell tour of Northern Ontario, with stops in Dryden and Kenora.

Out and about on the ministerial circuit:

  • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield makes an appearance at a Lockheed Martin-hosted Martine and Defence Industry Day in Saint John. Also out and about in the province today: Conservative MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon, who will bring glad tidings to the Atlantic Salmon Museum in Doaktown, as well as the Village of Neguac.
  • In Halifax, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong "announces the results" of past federal support for DMF Medical Incorporated, and delivers a fresh dose of cash to the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.
  • Conservative MP Jacques Gourde hits the good news hustings at the Saint-Flavien Lions Club, while in Ontario, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal is scheduled to speak at the opening reception for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, and Conservative MP Lois Brown shares the details of a new partnership agreement with Ryerson University.
  • Back in Ottawa, Defence Minister Peter MacKay summons reporters to NDHQ for the reveal of a "major investment for [sic] innovative science and technology projects to enhance Canadian public safety and security."
  • Moving west, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews brings fresh infrastructure funding for Ile-des-Chenes arena, while in Winnipeg, Minister of State for Transport Steve Fletcher addresses the annual gathering of the Manitoba Trucking Association.
  • In Edmonton, Western Diversification Minister Lynne Yelich joins local Conservative MP James Rajotte at the Thistle Curling Club, where the pair will unveil financing for six "community initiatives," while elsewhere in the city, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson talks "criminal justice issues" with interested, if unnamed, locals.
  • Finally, Associate Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay takes part in the first annual Abilities In Mind conference in Vancouver. 
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