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Flaherty to hold virtual fin min meetup with provincial, territorial counterparts

As the dust settles from Monday's cabinet shuffle, the good news circuit is set to resume today, albeit at lower capacity than usual, with just two events on the horizon for today, starting with a mid-morning appearance by Minister of State for Small Business, Tourism and, as of yesterday, Agriculture Maxime Bernier, who will deliver a fresh load of federal support to a St.Evariste-based tractor trailer company on behalf of his absent colleague Christian Paradis.

Later this afternoon, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty -- who, against at least some seemingly informed expectation, not only kept his job but assumed the symbolically powerful vice-chair post on the powerful cabinet planning committee, thus likely putting him at the head of the line of ministers authorized to step in should the PM be unable to serve -- hosts a "Telepresence meeting" -- basically, a high-end interactive webcast -- with his provincial and territorial counterparts.

Finally, after a brief burst of pro forma grumbling over the PM's reconfigured cabinet, the opposition parties -- or, at least, their respective leaders and lead MPs -- appear to have gone dormant for the moment, with no further post-shuffle press conferences or public appearances listed in today's itinerary. 

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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