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Trio of ministers headed to Calgary to tour flood damage

As estimates of the potential economic impact of the Calgary floods -- both to the city and the country -- continue to grow, a trio of ministers -- Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies -- will take questions from local media on the federal government's response to the situation while touring the region this afternoon.

Although this will be Toews' first opportunity to view the damage, Calgary-area MPs, Kenney and Menzies have been on the scene since last week, 

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Defence Minister Peter MacKay kicks off today's cross-country events in Halifax, where he'll make not one but two appearances on behalf of his absent cabinet colleague, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, as he delivers news on the Canadian Coast Guard at the Mari-Tech Conference and Expo before making his way to the Halifax Marine Research Institute for a joint reveal with Nova Scotia's economic and rural development minister.
  • In Quebec, Transport Minister Denis Lebel "officially inaugurates" the new section of the Veloroute des Bleuets between Desbiens and Chambord.
  • Meanwhile, Revenue Minister Gail Shea spends a second day at a Toronto tax centre, where she's slated to provide an update on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights alongside Taxpayers' Ombudsman J. Paul Dube.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Environment Minister Peter Kent joins Ontario Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal at Windermere Basin in Hamilton, while in Brampton, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal provides an update on the International Software Federation Junior Women's World Championship.
  • In Vancouver, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is scheduled to make an "important announcement" on his government's plan to "further strengthen Canada's pipeline system" while Industry Minister Christian Paradis delivers glad tidings on funding for research and development during a visit to NGRAIN.
  • Also out and about on the west coast today: Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong, who will share news on community-based primary health care and new funding for volunteer programs in Surrey and Richmond, respectively, as well as former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, who will do the honours at a Small Craft Harbour award presentation at the Fanny Bay Wharf.

Finally, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads off to Northern Quebec, where he'll join local MP Romeo Saganash for meetings with "regional representatives" at Kuujjuaq City Hall and drop by the local marina.  

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