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Just one day after bidding adieu to both his French counterpart and, somewhat more unexpectedly, now former Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue -- his second minister in less than a month to resign under a cloud of ethics-related controversy -- the PM heads to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, where he and his wife, Laureen, will take part in what is fast becoming one of the hottest -- and coolest -- photo ops in town: a live earth-to-space video chat with International Space Station Commander and social media supernova Chris Hadfield.

Meanwhile, former PM Jean Chretien is expected to make a rare(ish) public appearance in Shawinigan later this evening at a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of "Canada's 'No' to the War in Iraq."

Back on the Hill, a group of Inuit youth will hit the parliamentary lawn later this afternoon for what the advisory describes as a "pre-emptive protest" in support of Nunavut's seal hunt, during which they'll hold a "sealskin fashion show" to demonstrate how the hunt remains "an important part of Inuit culture, subsistence and economy."

In Toronto, PEI Premier Robert Ghiz and his Saskatchewan counterpart, Brad Wall, will make themselves available to the media before heading behind closed doors for a meeting of the Health Care Innovation Working Group.

On the ministerial circuit:

  • Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield shows his government's support for Fredericton's Mitch Clarke Nasis Park by proffering fresh cash for "enhancements" before trekking to CFB Gagetown for a mid-afternoon announcement.
  • In Prince Edward Island, meanwhile, Revenue Minister Gail Shea will start her day with a press conference at the Harbourfront Theatre in Charlottetown, followed, this afternoon, by a visit to Advanced Power Technologies in Pooles Corner.
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney joins members of the Regiment de la Chaudiere and Voltigeurs de Quebec, as well as military history enthusiasts, for a re-enactment of the New Brunswick Regiment of Foot's "historic" 1813 march.
  • Elsewhere in Quebec, Transport Minister Denis Lebel delivers federal cash for La Route de mille et une histoires Inc.
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear drops by Western University with "a significant investment related to research and innovation, with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Associate Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay slated to do the honours at similarly-themed events at universities in Manitoba and British Columbia, respectively.
  • In Calgary, International Trade Minister Ed Fast "pays tribute to award-winning Alberta companies" as the province hosts its annual Export Awards.
  • On the west coast, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong will share the details of a new development partnership with the University of British Columbia, and Conservative MP John Duncan unveils new support for Port Alice infrastructure.

Finally, Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau campaigns in Nanaimo, while outgoing leader Bob Rae's seemingly endless farewell tour brings him to Calgary, where he will be feted alongside recently retired Alberta Liberal senator Nick Taylor. 

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