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Communities across Canada, prepare to be funded -- infrastructurally!

Ministers, parliamentary secretaries and Conservative MPs fan out across the country to show their respective -- and collective -- support for local infrastructure projects.

The mini-marathon begins in Prince Edward Island, where Revenue Minister Gail Shea will share the good news during events at community centres in Tracadie Cross and St. Peter's Bay, while in neighbouring New Brunswick, Conservative MP John Williamson is slated to do the honours in Cambridge-Narrows.

Later this morning, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt will join local MP John Carmichael to share similarly glad tidings for Toronto during an appearance at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind,

Moving west, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose spreads federal largesse throughout her hometown of Edmonton, where she will reveal fresh funding for "community infrastructure" during three separate appearances.

On the west coast, the task of handing out money to local projects falls to BC Conservative MPs John Weston, Mark Strahl and Nina Grewal.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney heads to Saint-Romauld with good news for Norax Canada, while in Toronto, Conservative MP Mark Adler will attend the 'grand opening' of the Bathurst Finch hub in Toronto,
  • On the outskirts of the GTA, Conservative MP Rick Norlock will join representatives from the Royal Canadian Mint will officially deliver proceeds from sales of the Highway of Heroes commemorative coin to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund and the Military Families Fund during a ceremony at the Afghan memorial in Trenton's Bain Park.
  • Elsewhere in Ontario, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal delivers 2015 Pan American Games news in Ajax, and Pierre Lemieux performs his parliamentary secretary duties on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz by announcing new support for the 'food processing sector' during a visit to Armstrong Milling Company in Hagersville.
  • In Vancouver, International Trade Minister Ed Fast talks energy trade in his keynote speech at the Asia Pacific Foundation-hosted Pacific Energy Summit, and touts the importance of "deeper trade" between Canada and European Union for "businesses and workers."

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair continues his tour of Northern Ontario by paying a visit to Timmins.

Finally, Liberal leadership contender Martha Hall Findlay returns to her erstwhile riding of Willowdale for a rally at Smokey Joe's Cafe. 

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