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Bonjour, Montreal! NDP convention set to kick off this afternoon

As Liberals count down the hours until Sunday afternoon's leadership results reveal, card-carrying New Democrats converge on downtown Montreal, where the party's biennial convention is set to get underway later this afternoon.

On the NDP agenda this morning: A pre-confab series of closed-door panel sessions, which will go through more than 500 proposed resolutions to determine which will be reported back to the floor for a full vote.(For more details on the process, check out this post.)

At 1:30. the opening ceremonies will launch the official programme, with US economist Joseph Stiglitz slated to take the stage at 2pm.

After that, the meeting will be called to order, and the panels will report the results of this morning's in camera confabs, with the first batch of resolutions on economic and energy issues skedded to go to the floor for a vote at 4pm.

Also on the speaking list for today: Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti, Equiterre founder Laura Waridel, and entrepreneur and author Ruma Bose

Later this evening, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will "take questions from Canadians across the country" during a "live town hall from the convention floor."

Meanwhile, Conservatives ministers -- and at least one MP -- fan out across the country to share the details of a Public Safety-sponsored initiative related to the "volunteer sector," with events scheduled for Fredericton (Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield), Brampton (Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal), Ottawa (local MP Scott Reid), WInnipeg (Public Safety Minister Vic Toews), Calgary (Minister of State for Foreign affairs Diane Ablonczy), and Richmond (Association Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne FIndlay).

Also in Fredericton today: Ashfield unveils new financing for the 2013 World Curling Championships, while Toews, too, does double duty with a second appearance in Winnipeg to deliver fresh support for community infrastructure upgrades.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • In Charlottetown. Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore joins Revenue Minister Gail Shea at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, where an "important arts and culture announcement" will reportedly be made, after which Moore will jet to Montreal for the 16th Annual Canadian Arts Summit.
  • Elsewhere in Quebec, Transport Minister Denis Lebel drops by Alma City Hall with good news for supporters of the Centre d'Entrepreneuriat et d'Essaimage of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and then heads to Bagotville with an "important investment" in the local military base.
  • Back in Ontario, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan joins provincial infrastructure minister Glen Murray and local officials for a similarly "important" infrastructure-related event at the Bradford Carpool Lot on Highway 400.
  • Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is in Bermuda, where he's slated to meet with Business Bermuda, which, according to the advisory, is a "public-private international business development promotion organization."  
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