Inside Politics

As PM day trips to Quebec, Elizabeth May talks democratic deficit in Ottawa

With just over two weeks until the House returns to regular parliamentary business, the PM takes a day trip to Quebec City, where, alongside Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel, he will "deliver remarks" at the Institut national d'optique (INO) before heading to the iconic Citadelle for a photo op with Defence Minister Rob Nicholson.

Back on the Hill, meanwhile, New Democrat consumer protection critics Glenn Thibeault and Annick Papillon hit the stage at the National Press Theatre, where they will share their thoughts on the current government's track record on consumer protection issues, and present their party's priorities for the upcoming session.

Also out and about in the precinct today: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who will chat with reporters about her ongoing 'Save Democracy From Politics' tour before she makes her way to the Chateau Laurier to talk democratic deficit with the Economic Club of Ottawa. Later this evening, she'll host a town hall on the same subject.

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast joins Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno for an "important" announcement on Canada-Chile Trade at the TMX Broadcast Centre in Toronto.
  • Also in the Greater Toronto Area today: Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford, who will drop by the Xerox research centre in Mississauga to share the details of a new program and, according to the advisory, "the creation of an industrial consortium to develop interactive printed material."
  • Moving west, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is back at the Saskatoon Research Centre to deliver a fresh load of government support for the mustard industry.
  • In Edmonton, Multiculturalism Minister of State Tim Uppal does the honours on behalf of junior ministerial colleague Candice Bergen at the opening of a new seniors' housing complex, while in neighbouring British Columbia, Government Whip John Duncan brings glad tidings to the Sid Williams Theatre Society in Courtenay.
  • Finally, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has a 9am speaking slot at the UN General Assembly in New York.  

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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