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PM heads to PEI in aftermath of Labrador by-election defeat

As politicos pore over the results from last night's by-election in Labrador, the PM heads to Prince Edward Island amid the usual flurry of logistical embargoes.

Although the purpose of his visit is, at least at press time, unknown, whatever PMO has planned will take place at the Slemon Park airfield, where he will be joined by Revenue Minister Gail Shea. 

Meanwhile, a series of synchronized events related to the Canadian Vimy Memorial are set to unfold -- not just across the country, but the Atlantic as well, with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on location in Vimy for an "important announcement."

According to the PMO-issued Notable Event list, Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney will make a similarly-themed appearance at the Citadel in Quebec City, with a satellite event also slated for the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum

Back on the mainland, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off a two-day tour of the Greater Toronto Area with a visit to the Learning Enrichment Foundation and the George Brown Health Sciences Facility.

Later today, he'll meet with unspecified "environmental organizations", and take a stroll through the Port Lands with Waterfront Toronto officials John Campbell and Mark Wilson, all the while accompanied by a phalanx of local MPs.

Before that gets underway, however, he'll make himself available to reporters at a mid-morning press conference at the Castle Frank subway station.

UPDATE - Mulcair may cross paths with Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, who is also at George Brown College today to launch "a series of cross-Canada roundtable discussions with stakeholders on the new Canada Job Grant." 

Also in the GTA today: Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver continues to mark National Mining Week, starting with a quick trip to Hamilton, where he'll take part in the official unveiling of "a monument honouring Canada's manufacturing and mining industry" at the CanmetMATERIALS facility.

Later this afternoon, he heads back to Toronto, where he'll join Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear at Barrick Gold headquarters with news on 'research for the mining industry.'

Goodyear, meanwhile, will spend the morning at PackEx, the annual tradeshow for the Canadian packing and processing trade show.

Back on the Hill, representatives from the international aid groups that make up the Humanitarian Coalition share the latest news on the "plight of Syrian civilians, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries."

Out and about on the good news circuit today:

  • On the east coast, National Defence Minister Peter MacKay attends the "official ribbon-cutting ceremony" for a new health services centre at 14 Wing Greenwood, and boosts his government's "ongoing investment" in the Cadet Program -- with a particular focus on "its impact on the rural economy" -- at an afternoon event in Cornwallis Park.
  • Also hitting the constituency week hustings in Nova Scotia today: local MP Gerald Keddy, who will hand out new money for "upgrades" to the Muwin Estates winery in New Ross.
  • In neighbouring New Brunswick, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt drops by the Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation in Cambellton with new money to "help Canadians overcome barriers to employment."
  • Transport Minister Denis Lebel starts his day with a speech to the Trois Rivieres chamber of commerce before making his way to the Quebec Metallurgy Centre, while elsewhere in La Belle Province, Industry Minister Christian Paradis ferries fresh federal cash to a local leisure centre in Beaulac-Garthby.
  • Moving west, Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal takes a break from tweaking his much-anticipated electoral reform bill -- which was hastily yanked out of the parliamentary queue after caucus members voiced their unhappiness with the as-yet-unrevealed new rules that it proposed -- to take part in an "important infrastructure event" at a Strathcona County Lutheran church.
  • In Calgary, Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier chats with the local chamber of commerce, and local MP Michelle Rempel heads to the Boys and Girls Club to offer her government's assistance for local youth.
  • Finally, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is in Iqaluit, where he will reveal, on behalf of cabinet colleague James Moore, still more support for the local arts and culture sector. 
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