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Calling all transport committee members: It's (special summer) meetin' time!

In the wake of yesterday's announcement that Ottawa will contribute $60 million to aid the rebuilding efforts in Lac Megantic, transport committee members will converge on Parliament Hill this afternoon for a special mid-summer session to discuss whether to hold hearings into the broader issue of rail safety across Canada, as proposed by the NDP.

Although the meeting is scheduled to run from 4-6pm, it remains unclear how much of the ensuing debate -- of the request, that is, not rail safety itself -- will take place in public.

If the committee agrees to proceed with a full study, the next step, presumably, would be witness selection, which would almost certainly take place behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, outside the capital, Treasury Board President Tony Clement is set to spend the day on the Island, where he's slated to talk budget plans and red tape reduction at the Summerside Rotary Club before heading to Charlottetown, where he will join cabinet colleague and PEI regional minister Gail Shea for a funding reveal at OmniActive Health Technologies.

Back on the mainland, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel delivers fresh federal cash to a Saguenay golf club, while Kellie Leitch makes her ministerial debut in Toronto, where she will herald her government's support for a project that, according to the advisory, will "strengthen leadership opportunities for women."

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau continues to wend his way through the west coast meet-and-greet circuit, with stops in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops.  

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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