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PM makes personal pitch for pipeline approval during NYC appearance

With his chief of staff ensnarled in ever-deepening controversy over his $90 K bailout of embattled Conservative senator Mike Duffy, the PM will escape the glare of the media spotlight for at least a few hours as he journeys to New York, where he's set to take questions on Canada's energy policy, environmental oversight and emissions reductions plans at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.

On the ministerial circuit back home:

  • New Brunswick will be a veritable hotbed of good newsers, as Gail Shea shows her government's support for local regional development during her visit to Moncton-based Apex Industries, while Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt joins representatives from the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation at the official opening of the Grey Rock Power Centre, and Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield makes an "important announcement" at the Salisbury Weight Station.
  • Minister of State for Being Maxime Bernier Maxime Bernier doles out federal largesse in Saint-Georges and Sainte-Marie.
  • Back in Ontario, as National Mining Week draws to a close, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver finds himself touring a former mine outside Sudbury with a gaggle of "top geoscience students," after which he will highlight, once again, his government's support for the sector.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Defence Minister Peter MacKay drops in on the Royal Military College of Canada to take part in a convocation ceremony for "approximately 300 graduating students," as well as the awarding of honourary degrees to ethicist Margaret Somerville and military consultant William Coyle.
  • Back in the GTA, International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino delivers fresh federal funding to the Maple Pioneer Italian Seniors Club.
  • Moving westward to Winnipeg, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will serve as backdrop as Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher reveals new money for Manitoba's airports.
  • In Regina, National Research Council president John McDougall will appear alongside a federal cabinet minister for the reveal of the the latest news on "wheat research."
  • Finally, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong unveils fundings to "help seniors and their families" during her visit to the West Hillhurst Go-Getters Association in Calgary.

Meanwhile, Liberal MPs Marc Garneau and Scott Brison hold synchronized press conferences on "youth jobs and government waste" at Montreal's Dawson College and Saint Mary's University in Halifax, respectively.

Finally, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation will mark Gas Tax Honesty Day at a local Ottawa gas station, where "a couple [of] lucky customers may be in for a pleasant ... surprise during the event," which will also feature the release of the group's latest calculations on gas taxes, with "similar events" planned for Charlottetown, Toronto, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver.

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