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Details of offshore asset tax crackdown to be unveiled today

The Conservative convention may have been yanked from the pre-summer political schedule, but the ministerial circuit will continue, albeit at a more relaxed pace than is generally the case during the regular parliamentary season.

  • Revenue Minister Gail Shea pays a visit to the Toronto Centre Tax Services Office, where, according to the accompanying advisory, she will share new measures to "combat international tax evasion" by introducing "new requirements for Canadan taxpayers with offshore assets," with her parliamentary secretary, Cathy McLeod, set to hold a synchronized satellite event in Vancouver.
  • Elsewhere in the GTA, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver heads to the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto with new money for clean technology, and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal joins Canadian athletes and representatives from the Canadian Olympic Committee for a "major media announcement" at Sport Chek Leaside.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will unveil new support for Aboriginal girls and young women, while Minister of State for Transport Steve Fletcher hits the local Franco-Manitoban cultural centre with news of a new initiative to "boost the competitive advantage of the music industry in the prairies."
  • In Kelowna, meanwhile, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq drops by the Rotary Centre for the Arts, where, alongside local MP Ron Cannan, she'll discuss ways to "achieve healthier weights in Canada's communities." As was the case with Shea's tax reveal earlier today, Aglukkaq's parliamentary secretary, Colin Carrie, will deliver a similar message in Toronto.
  • Finally, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt wends his way to Inuvik, where he'll join Northwest Territories Premier Robert McLeod, as well as local aboriginal groups, for a "historic announcement on devolution."

As for the leaders of Her Majesty's Loyal and backup opposition parties, it appears that, aside from the obligatory St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations over the weekend, both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau may be taking some time away from the barbecue hustings for at least the first part of the week -- a decision that may well have been driven by the now outdated assumption that the Conservative convention would suck up most, if not all of the available oxygen on the political news cycle.  

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