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NDP MP Olivia Chow to unveil 'life-size' Jack Layton statue in Toronto

NDP MP Olivia Chow will mark the second anniversary of her husband's passing by unveiling a bronze sculpture to honour the late NDP Leader -- a "life-size" monument of Jack Layton on the back seat of a bicycle built for two that, according to the release, was "donated through fundraising by the Ontario Federation of Labour." 

The ceremony that will also "officially recognize" the newly renamed Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. 

OFL President Sid Ryan will also be in attendance, as well Layton's son. city councillor Mike Layton, and other local officials.

Back on the Hill, the Senate energy, environment and natural resources committee releases the findings of an investigation into the "safe transport of hydrocarbons by pipelines, tankers and railcars."

Far outside the precinct, the PM's Northern trek brings him Rankin Inlet, where he's scheduled to submit to a cameras-only appearance for the cameras at the local hotel before making his way to an elementary school.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • In Charlottetown, Justice Minister Peter MacKay gets still more advice on what should and shouldn't be included in a victims' bill of rights, while on the other side of the Confederation Bridge, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover shares "important" news on official languages during a visit to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton. Later today, MacKay will "celebrate the grand opening" of the New Glasgow Marina.
  • Moving westward to Montreal, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan will spend his day delivering federal support on behalf of two absent cabinet colleagues, heading to a downtown YMCA to hand out new money for "crime prevention" this morning, and dropping off a fresh load of infrastructure cash at Tekalia Aeronautik later this afternoon.
  • Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, meanwhile, will bring glad tidings to the towns of Alma and Saint-Ludger-de-Milot.
  • In Toronto, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will be on hand to witness a "special citizenship ceremony" at the CNE, while in nearby Mississauga, Labour Minister Kellie Leitch takes part in the launch of a new white ribbon campaign with alongside members of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.
  • Also out and about in Ontario today: Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, who will attend what the advisory bills as a "meet and greet open house" in Sarnia in honour of Korean War Veterans.
  • A Lethbridge forage products wholesaling enterprise will serve as backdrop for National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay and local MP Jim Hillyer as they highlight unspecified "efforts" her government has made to "support Canadian business."
  • On the west coast, Government Whip and Kootenay MP John Duncan delivers federal assistance to the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar, and Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong brings glad tidings for local youth in Vancouver.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spends the day in Quebec, starting with a mid-morning closed-door meeting with Mayor Regis Labeaume, after which he'll make his way to Expo Cite, which will be followed by a corn roast with "local Liberals" at the Sainte-Foy Outdoor Base and, eventually, the Image Mill projection show at Espace 400e. 

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