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Pembina unveils proposal for new federal oil and gas regulations

As the precinct rouses itself from a lazy -- and, in some cases, doubtless heavily chocolate-laced -- long weekend-induced stupor, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver hits the Commons Foyer this morning to respond to TransCanada's announcement that "sufficient market exists" to support a west-to-east pipeline.

Coincidentally, Pembina Institute policy director Clare Demerse is also scheduled to be on the Hill this morning, releases a new batch of recommendations on federal oil and gas regulations.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair takes advantage of the two-week parliamentary break to pay a visit to Thunder Bay, where, alongside Northern Ontario MP John Rafferty and MPP Sarah Campbell, he's scheduled to take a tour of a nearby Bombardier plant, and meet with NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno.

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • National Revenue Minister Gail Shea highlights her government's latest budget endeavours during a keynote address at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Charlottetown.
  • Back on the mainland, Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier brings good news to Frampton's hunting and fishing club.
  • Meanwhile, local MPs Gord Brown, Candice Bergen and Tom Lukiwski are slated to deliver seemingly similarly-themed "important economic announcements" during appearances at the Thousand Islands International Bridge, Winnipeg-based Bison Transport and a Regina hotel, respectively. .
  • Moving west, Regina MP Tom Lukiwski shares an "important economic announcement" at a downtown hotel.
  • In Edmonton, Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose drops in on the Indo-Canadian Women's Association with fresh federal support for a project "that addresses the issue of violence against women and girls committed in the name of so-called 'honour'.'"
  • On the west coast, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney launches the 'revamped' Welcome to Canada Guide, as well as a "new Living in Canada Tool" at Vancouver-based MOSAIC, while elsewhere in the city, Conservative MP Wai Young delivers new money to the BC Centre for Ability Association.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will make himself available to reporters by phone to discuss his tour of Jordan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

Finally, outgoing Liberal Leader Bob Rae kicks off his final round of "Thanks a Million, Bob" fundraisers with a dinner in St. Catharines. 

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