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PM drops by Hay River rec centre en route to Nunavut

As the third day of his annual northern tour begins, the PM, his entourage of ministers and the ever-present travelling press corps will make their way to Hay River this morning.

The first stop on the official itinerary is the Aurora College Community Learning Centre for a cameras only (read: no questions from the aforementioned press) visit, which will be followed by a visit to the nearby Don Stewart Recreation Centre, where the PM will "deliver remarks", which may or may not be an oblique way of indicating that news could emerge from his appearance.

This evening, it's off to Nunavut, where he will join National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson and a contingent of Canadian Rangers at a boat launch in Gjoa Haven.

Back on the southern portion of the ministerial circuit, meanwhile, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen heads to Fredericton, where she's scheduled to unveil new federal funding to help out local youth at the New Brunswick headquarters of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work. 

Also in Atlantic Canada today: Public Works Minister Diane Finley, who will do the honours at the opening of the newly constructed headquarters for RCMP H Division in Dartmouth.

Moving westward to Ottawa -- while noting, en passant, that this appears to the first day in weeks with no PMO-listed Notable Events that involve Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel sprinkling largesse somewhere in rural Quebec -- Minister of State for FedNOR and the Ring of Fire talks infrastructure investment at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's annual conference.

In Manitoba, Justice Minister Peter MacKay holds another roundtable discussion on the putative Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights in Winnipeg, while elsewhere in the city, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover drops by the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame with a fresh instalment of federal support.

Meanwhile,two more ministers hit the good news hustings in Alberta today: Agriculture Minister Garry Ritz, who will deliver glad tidings for beef producers during a visit to an Airdie ranch alongside local MP Blake Richards, and then trek back to Calgary to speak to delegates at the Global 4H Youth Summit in Calgary, and Western Economic Diversification Minister of State Michelle Rempel, who will reveal "support to assist companies in commercializing new medical discoveries" during a stop at the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation in Edmonton.

Finally, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong teams up with local MP Nina Grewal to demonstrate her government's support for seniors in Surrey. 

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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