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New Democrats call for safer trucks, crackdown on tax cheats

With just days to go before her party's biennial convention in Montreal, New Democrat MP Olivia Chow hits the media circuit in downtown Toronto, where she's set to join representatives from the Safe Trucks Campaign to add her voice to the call for a "new truck safety initiative," as well as "outline what government action is needed" to fulfill that goal.

Meanwhile, later this morning, her freshly by-elected BC colleague Murray Rankin is set to take the stage at the National Press Theatre to unveil how his party intends to take "parliamentary action to fight the criminal use of tax havens."

Outside the precinct, Government Whip Gordon O'Connor joins French Ambassador Philippe Zeller at the War Memorial for a ceremonial wreath-laying for the 96th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Elsewhere in the capital, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear is slated to give the opening address at 'Budget 2013: Checking the Pulse of Canada's Innovation Policies,' a two-day event hosted by RE$EARCH MONEY, which describes itself as 'Canada's premier newsletter delivering intelligence on research and development, science and technology, innovation and knowledge-based economic development.'

Also out and about today:

  • National Revenue Minister Gail Shea teams up with Nova Scotia Conservative MP Gerald Keddy for a joint appearance at the Sandy Point Community Centre in Shelburne, where the pair will share the details of fresh federal funds flowing to four projects in "the tourism and marine sectors."
  • Transport Minister Denis Lebel continues his good news sweep through his home province of Quebec with a visit to FPInnovations in Quebec City, where he will reveal not one but two "financial contributions" to support the forest sector, while in Saint-Theophile, his junior cabinet colleague Maxime Bernier delivers glad tidings for the local municipality.
  • Moving west to Mattagami, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt signs a "historic" Memorandum of Understanding on First Nation education alongside Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno and Ontario education minister Liz Sandals.
  • In Toronto, local Conservative MP Chris Alexander drops in on Save the Children Canada to announce a new "health-related project for women and children in Afghanistan," while at Humber College, his caucus colleague Susan Truppe is scheduled to "address [the] media regarding women in non-traditional occupations."
  • Back in the capital, Kellie Leitch does parliamentary secretary duties on behalf of Human Resources Minister Diane Finley by attending the 2013 BioGENEius Challenge Canada awards ceremony at National Research Council of Canada headquarters in Ottawa.
  • Later this afternoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz convenes a mid-afternoon teleconference with reporters to share the highlights of his just-completed trade mission to Washington, DC.

As the Liberal leadership race nears the finish line, Justin Trudeau pops up at a campaign event in Scarborough.

Finally, the National Farmers Union has declared a country-wide Day of Action against genetically-modified alfalfa, which, according to the advisory, will involve 38 protest rallies from coast to coast, many of which are scheduled to be held outside the offices of local MPs, as well as farmers markets, co-ops and, in Ottawa, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  

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