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Rideau Institute warns of 'titanic blunder' in Arctic patrol ship procurement

Rideau Institute researchers Michael Byers and Stewart Webb team up with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives director Bruce Campbell to unveil their latest findings on Canadian military procurement, which, according to the advisory, will reveal a "titanic blunder" in the ongoing efforts to obtain new Arctic/offshore patrol ships.

Also slated for release today: a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office on the continuing cost -- or, at least, cost estimate -- of the federal infrastructure program, which will be posted to the PBO website at 9am.

On the ministerial -- and, in this case, prime ministerial -- good news circuit today:

  • For the second time in less than a week, the PM heads to Calgary, where he'll make an appearance alongside local MP Joan Crockatt and former hockey player turned child abuse victim activist Sheldon Kennedy at the University of Calgary's Child Development Centre.
  • Meanwhile, in Montreal, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver pays a visit to the Suncor Energy refinery to "witness first-hand the benefits that Canadian energy is providing for jobs and growth in Quebec."
  • Moving west to Manitoba, Minister of State for Transport Steve Fletcher talks infrastructure funding in Brandon, while in Winnipeg, his junior cabinet colleague, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Lynne Yelich, delivers federal support to "enhance the competitive advantage" of western malting barley producers.
  • On the west coast, CIDA Minister Julian Fantino opines on "the value of philanthropy," as well as "the Harper Government's [sic] support for youth internationally" in a speech to the North American YMCA Development Organization in Vancouver.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Associate National Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay drops by the hangar at 19 Wing Comox with news on her government's efforts to ensure the Canadian military has "the resources they need to conduct their important mission."
  • Finally, two ministers will make themselves available to the media via teleconference: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who will dial in from London to discuss the just-concluded meeting of his G8 counterparts, and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who will provide a recap of his trade mission to Mexico.
Also out and about far outside the borders of the precinct: New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, in Copenhagen for the Global Policy Conference, and outgoing interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, who heads to Labrador City with his party's by-election hopeful, Yvonne Jones. 

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