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PM gets set to jet off to Peru as questions mount over Duffy/Wright deal

 Prime Ministerial communications director Andrew MacDougall wraps up what has likely been a surprisingly busy parliamentary off-week with a background briefing on his boss's trip to South America, which will see the PM jet off for Peru on Tuesday.  

It's worth noting that, due to that pre-existing travel commitment, the PM will not be in his seat in the House when the Commons gets back to business on Tuesday, but will instead leave the task of fielding the inevitable flurry of queries on the recently revealed financial arrangement between his chief of staff and the senator he personally selected to represent Prince Edward Island in the Upper House to one of his cabinet colleagues.

Also on the Hill agenda this morning:

New Democrat MPs Pierre Nantel, Andrew Cash and Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet convene a mid-morning roundtable with librarians, archivists, researchers and academics to discuss "the recent changes at Library and Archives Canada," as well as the "importance of preserving our history."

Outside the precinct, the ministerial circuit appears to be winding down, likely in anticipation of the Victoria long weekend that lies ahead:

  • In Fredericton, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield teams up with Revenue Minister Gail Shea to unveil a "major investment announcement" under the ACOA Atlantic Innovation Fund before making his way to local startup UserEvents Inc. with news that will "enable growth."
  • Elsewhere in the province, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt joins provincial premier David Alward and officials from Westco and Olymel for the "grand opening official ceremonies" of a poultry slaughterhouse and processing plant in Clair's Village.
  • Back on the mainland, Transport Minister Denis Lebel treks to Alma with glad tidings for the local Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence.
  • In Toronto, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan shows his government's support for "business growth and exports" during a visit to Polar Mobile, while in neighbouring Vaughan, International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino "celebrates" a newly constructed affordable housing complex alongside federal, provincial and city officials, and International Trade Minister Ed Fast takes his now standard stump speech to the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in Brampton.
  • Moving west to Saskatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz reveals the details of a new food safety initiative at a co-operative-run food store.
  • In Calgary, local MP Joan Crockatt attends the opening of a "$1.8 million local investment" in the form of a new Canadian Forces recruiting centre, while in Vancouver, her caucus colleague Ron Cannan showers federal largesse to the Johnson Street Bridge.

Finally, Liberal MPs Joyce Murray and Judy Sgro, and Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell will host a "moderated discussion" at a Vancouver sailing club on what the advisory describes as an "important (and too often ignored) matter" -- namely, the "continuing problem" of harassment within the RCMP.

 For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 


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