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PM in Whitehorse as Northern tour begins

The PM heads to Whitehorse for the second day of his annual Northern tour, which was launched amid unapologetically partisan fanfare over the weekend with a "stump-style speech" to local party faithful on Sunday evening.

On the official itinerary today: a mid-morning photo op/announcement combo alongside territorial premier Darrell Pasloski, Yukon MP Ryan Leef, Senator Dan Lang and the full contingent of cabinet ministers serving as entourage for this year's trek, including Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt attends the annual general meeting of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in Nanaimo, while in Calgary, Health Minister Rona Ambrose speaks at the opening of this year's Canadian Medical Association conference in Calgary.
  • Elsewhere in Alberta, Labour Minister Kellie drops by a chamber of commerce-hosted breakfast in Edmonton to "highlight" her government's priorities -- specifically, "jobs, growth and long-term prosperity" -- while "emphasizing the work being done to address skills shortages."
  • Meanwhile, Justice Minister Peter MacKay spends the day in Saskatoon, where he will make his first appearance at the annual Canadian Bar Association conference and take part in another round of victims bill of rights-related roundtable discussions.
  • Moving east to Quebec, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel makes his way to Roberval City Hall for an "important infrastructure event", while in Montreal, CIDA Minister Christian Paradis reveals the full roster of athletes slated to compete for Canada, as well as the team outfit, at the upcoming Francophonie Games in Nice.
  • Finally, in St. Felix, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea delivers fresh federal cash for infrastructure in Western Prince Edward Island.

Back in Ottawa, the Senate Energy committee meets behind closed doors to work on the draft report stemming from their investigation into "the current state of the safety elements of the bulk transport of hydrocarbon products in Canada." 

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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