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Benvenuti al distretto, il primo ministro!

The PM is set to spend the first part of his day playing host to visiting Italian prime minister Enrico Letta. The pair will start their day by handing out military honours, after which they're scheduled to retreat behind the closed doors of the PM's Centre Block office for a "tête-à-tête," after which they will make themselves available to the press.

Also on the Hill today: A group of self-styled "international specialists" -- whose ranks, according to the advisory, include former Liberal foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, former deputy minister Robert Fowler, UBC professor Michael Byers and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations Yves Fortier, among others -- will hit the Centre Block press theatre to "offer insights into what Canada could profitably be saying and doing in the international arena to help regain its place as a leader at the United Nations."

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • ACOA Minister Rob Moore joins local MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the "new location of the Public Service Pay Centre" in Miramichi, while on the other side of the Confederation Bridge, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea will demonstrate her government's continuing support for community infrastructure during a visit to Sea View.
  • In Quebec, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford drops by the University of Laval with a fresh load of federal cash for doctoral students and researchers, after which he'll make an appearance at the headquarters of TeraXion Inc. with good news for "Canadian entrepreneurs."
  • Also out and out in Quebec today: Steve Blaney, who will bring glad tidings related to arts and culture funding during a stop at the Maison natale de Louis Frechette in Levis.
  • Back in Toronto, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty teams up with local MP Roxanne James for an announcement at a Scarborough community centre before heading to Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone to share the details of new support for "innovative Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs."

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off a mini-tour of the West Coast in Victoria, where he will join BC MPs Randall Garrison and Murray Rankin for a mid-morning "round-table with environmentalists." Later this afternoon, the trio will head out for a few hours of mainstreeting, and eventually end the day with a meet-and-greet at Smith's Pub.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the Nova Scotian hustings with provincial leader Stephen McNeil. 

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