Inside Politics

Leaving so soon, MPs?

So this, it seems, is how the seemingly interminable spring sitting ends -- not with a bang, but a flurry of last-minute motions to whip through the last few items of business on the government -- and, it's worth noting, the opposition -- agenda.

Yes, just when it seemed like they were never going to clear out, MPs somehow managed to muster up the necessary unanimity to free themselves from the bounds of day-to-day Commons business and head home for the summer.

That is, after one final round of caucus meetings for the New Democrats and the Liberals, and the traditional end-of-sitting scrums, with both opposition party leaders expected to hit the soon to be all but abandoned Commons Foyer to share their respective thoughts on the now concluded sitting, which will be followed by a statement from Government House Leader Peter Van Loan and Industry Minister Christian Paradis on "the Government's legislative accomplishments."

Before that gets underway, however, Defence Minister Peter MacKay is scheduled to hold a Foyer press conference of his own, where, alongside Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy and Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson, he'll make an "important announcement" -- most likely related to the new peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Also on the Hill today: Representatives from Canada and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation release a new study on bilingualism and trade.

Outside the precinct, International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino speaks at the annual meeting of the Mining Association of Canada board of directors, while elsewhere in the capital, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong drops by the Perley and Rideau Health Centre for the official opening of new "affordable rental housing."

Finally, from Paris, Transport Minister Denis Lebel reveals news related to the Quebecois and Canadian aerospace sector after meeting with "business leaders." 

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