Inside Politics

Welcome to Canada, shiny new Chinook chopper!

With the Senate Chamber now safely shuttered for the summer -- although not, it's worth noting, without a last-minute outbreak of political drama -- the parliamentary season has officially ended, leaving those precinct denizens still on the clock with little to do but count down the remaining hours until the Hill is overtaken entirely by Canada (or, if you prefer, Dominion) Day festivities.

The ministerial good news circuit appears to have hit the pre-long weekend wall as well: The sole entry on today's PMO-issued Notable Event list is a photo op featuring Defence Minister Peter MacKay and his associate minister, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, at an Ottawa airfield, where, according to the advisory, they will take part in "a ceremony marking the delivery of Canada's first new CH-147F Chinook helicopter."

Meanwhile, Tom Mulcair continues his sojourn through Northern Quebec, where he'll spend the day in Chibougamau, where his agenda includes meetings with "regional representatives" and a "benefit cocktail, while Justin Trudeau blips back onto the summer radar with one of his now signature food court walkabouts -- this time, in Brampton.

Finally, Governor General David Johnston heads to Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Saint-Hubert, where he'll take part a "special presentation" with Canadian astronaut, global twitter sensation and all-round nice guy Chris Hadfield. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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