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NDP house leader to speak on Warawa privilege claim

As the House prepares to shutter the doors for a two-week constituency break, all eyes will be on the Chamber this morning as New Democrat House Leader Nathan Cullen shares his thoughts on the privilege claim raised by backbench government MP Mark Warawa on the government's move to shut down his pre-QP speaking slot due to objections over his topic of choice: namely, his now notorious motion to condemn sex-selective abortion.

Shortly after noon, Warawa will find out whether he was able to persuade his parliamentary colleagues to reverse the all-party decision to prevent his non-binding resolution to go to a vote when the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs reports its verdict to the Commons.

Once that is out of the way, the few MPs who remain on the Hill will spend the rest of a shortened sitting day considering Liberal MP Gerry Byrne's bid to improve the registration process for the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band

Outside the precinct, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore unveils the details of the new 'Roadmap for Official Languages' at an Ottawa high school.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit, various and sundry ministers demonstrate their government's support for research and development in the manufacturing sector during synchronized appearances at local businesses in Ottawa, Saint-Hubert and Richmond, while BC Conservative MPs dole out federal cash for their respective ridings at similarly themed events in Fort St. John, Kelowna and Abbotsford.

Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty continues his tour of Thailand, meeting with the governor of the state bank as well as "private sector executives." 

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