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Another day, another VIP hits the Hill en route to the UN general council

For the second day in a row, the PM is on VIP hosting duty as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe descends on Ottawa for a whistle-stop visit en route to New York for the opening session of the UN General Council.

According to the advisory, the PM will, once again, kick off the whirlwind visit with a quick round of military honour presentations before the pair heads behind closed doors for a quiet one-on-one chat -- which, judging from the itinerary, will also include a private lunch. Later this afternoon, they'll embark on the traditional Hall of Honour march to the venue for the equally traditional joint press conference.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is off to New York for the aforementioned UNGC meeting, accompanied by a full delegation of junior cabinet colleagues, including International Development Minister Christian Paradis, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich, and his own parliamentary secretary, Deepak Obhrai.

On his agenda today: discussions on "preventing sexual violence in conflict" as well as "combatting early forced marriage," and a speech on the protection of civil society at an event hosted by US President Barack Obama.

Before all that gets underway, he'll make a brief appearance in Montreal, where he's slated to speak at the the annual assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel doles out still more cash in Quebec, with Victoriaville-based Industek set to benefit from today's dispersal of federal largess.
  • In Toronto, Minister of State Greg Rickford talks up the "significance" of the Northern Ontario mining sector -- and, of course, his government's "role in ensuring continued growth" at a conference of Canadian mineral analysts.
  • Elsewhere in the GTA, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal launches a new initiative to "promote active lifestyles" during a visit to a Brampton-area school, and Treasury Board President Tony Clement teams up with local MP Costas Menegakis to co-host a red tape reduction roundtable with members of the Richmond Hill chamber of commerce and other business owners.
  • Moving west to Saskatchewan, Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback will "Inaugurate the first in a series of new, state-of-the-art remote sensing antennas."
  • Fisheries Minister Gail Shea makes a rare appearance on the west coast, where she'll join local MP John Weston in West Vancouver's Memorial Park to unveil support for the "newly established Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program."

Also in British Columbia today: New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, who will meet with provincial aboriginal leaders, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Bob Chamberlin and Councillor Marilyn Baptiste.

Back on the Hill, NDP justice critic Francoise Boivin will share her thoughts on the current government's record on justice issues, as well as lay out her party's priorities in that area for the coming session.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau drops by Brandon University for a student town hall before heading out for an evening 'meet and greet.' 

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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