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Liberals raise spectre of 'voter suppression' in advance of by-elections

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty heads off to Wakefield for his yearly policy retreat, which is scheduled to kick off this afternoon. Before the closed-door confab gets underway, however, the minister will make himself available to the press, with his Q&A session with reporters to be followed by a photo-op with participants.

Back on the Hill, Liberal MP and deputy party leader Ralph Goodale hits the National Press Theatre to outline the "outstanding questions .. regarding voter suppression" that the PM "needs to answer" before the next batch of still-undeclared by-elections.

Outside the capital, meanwhile, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, who will tour Expo Montmagny on his way to Quebec City to take in the International Festival of Military Bands.

Also out and about today:

  • Public Works Minister Diane Finley is set to spend a second day in Nova Scotia, where she will join Premier Darrel Dexter, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and J.D Irving Co-CEO Jim Irving for an announcement on the "modernization" of Irving's Halifax Shipyard.
  • Also in Halifax today: Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, who will share the latest news on foreign credential recognition during a stop at a local immigration settlement services office. According to the advisory, MacKay will also be on hand to take questions from the media following the reveal.
  • Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel is, somewhat reassuringly, back on the Quebec leg of the good news circuit, with a community centre in Hebertville-Station and the municipalityo of Saint-Ludger-De-Milot poised to share the benefits of today's allotment of federal funds earmarked for distribution within La Belle Province.
  • On the west coast, Minister of State Alice Wong delivers a fresh load of support for homeless and at-risk seniors in New Westminster, while in Christina Lake, Government Whip John Duncan hands out infrastructure money for projects in the Grand Forks region.
  • Finally, the PM poses for photos with Canadian Rangers during an early morning appearance in Gjoa Haven, after which he'll drop in on the local elementary school for a "community event," with Laureen Harper, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and "other members of caucus" also expected to attend. 
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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