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UPDATED: Kenney, Alexander hold presser at site of proposed anti-communism monument

UPDATE: According to a just-in notice to media, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will deliver an "important funding announcement" in Ottawa this morning. 

Although no details are provided as to the topic, the fact that one of Canada's two multiculturalism ministers of state -- Jason Kenney, not Tim Uppal -- will be on hand for today's event does give some indication as to what it may entail. 

Given both the venue and the participants, however, it's not hard to figure out that it almost certainly involves the ongoing initiative to raise funds for a Canadian memorial to victims of Communism in Ottawa. 

According to the website, the group -- which has lauded Kenney for his "unwavering moral support" for the project -- has already secured the necessary permission to erect the proposed monument on the Supreme Court lawn, which is precisely where the ministers are scheduled to deliver their announcement. 

Stay tuned!


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird heads off to the iconic Meech Lake retreat in Chelsea, where he's set to meet with his Indonesian counterpart, Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegewa, who, according to the advisory, is visiting Canada for the second time this year.

In northern Quebec, meanwhile, the PM and his entourage descend on Nunavik for the final scheduled event on the itinerary for this year's northern tour: a visit to the Raglan Mine, where he will pose for photos and "deliver remarks" alongside his ministers of natural resources and aboriginal affairs, with mine vice-president Mike Welch also slated to be in attendance.

Also in Quebec today: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who will start the day with a visit to a coffee shop in Trois Rivieres, followed by a stop at the Liberal riding association office in Bas-Richelieu--Nicolet--B├ęcancour, which is currently held by Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamandon, and eventually end up in Drummondville, where he will doubtless be obliged to sample the offerings at this year's Poutine Festival.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover continues her mini-swing through Atlantic Canada with a visit to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, while her cabinet colleague, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, holds yet another roundtable on the victims' bill of rights.
  • Back in Ontario, Treasury Board President Tony Clement drops by the Hamilton Club to highlight his government's red tape reduction efforts with local businesspeople.
  • Finally, in Edmonton, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay joins Taxpayers' Ombudsman J. Paul Dube to talk "taxpayer fairness" with local reporters.  

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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