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Elizabeth May, Brent Rathgeber talk parliamentary democracy in Halifax

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be front and centre as her party launches a new campaign to "Save Democracy From Politics," which gets underway today in Halifax, beginning with a press conference at the Lord Nelson Hotel, followed by a panel discussion at Dalhousie University this evening.

Also on the participant list for tonight's discussion, which has been organized by the Springtide Collective, a "grassroots, nonpartisan public interest group": Nova Scotia New Democrat Minister Graham Steele, former Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Danny Graham, and, somewhat unexpectedly, former Conservative turned Independent MP Brent Rathgeber!

Meanwhile, following the example set by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair yesterday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau returns to the Hill for mid-day media appearance in front of the temporarily shuttered House of Commons, during which he will, presumably, share his disappointment/frustration/total lack of surprise at the PM's decision to suspend parliamentary business until after Thanksgiving.

Also out and about today:

  • International Development Minister Christian Paradis kicks off today's instalment of the extended off-season good news circuit with back-to-back funding announcements at a Beaulac-Garthby tourism centre and a Lambton marina.
  • Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford gives the opening remarks at the "grand opening" of a new research centre at Toronto's world-famous Hospital for Sick Children.
  • Elsewhere in the GTA, International Trade Minister Ed Fast joins Mississauga MP Wladyslaw Lizon at a local die casting company, where the pair will unveil what the advisory teases as "a measure to provide greater predictability and certainty" for Canadian investors with international expansion aspirations, while in Mitchell, FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear will be in the parade at the 100th annual International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney teams up with cabinet colleague Shelly Glover for an otherwise detail-free announcement on the bank of the Assiniboine River, while up north, Justice Minister Peter MacKay takes his victims' rights roundtable tour to Iqaluit.
  • Finally, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver takes his now familiar stump speech boosting Canada as "a secure and responsible energy supplier to the world" to New York, where he'll deliver "keynote remarks" at a conference hosted by the Energy Industry Group of international law firm Hogan Lovells. which is billing it as "an exclusive event with top-level executives from the world's most influential energy companies." 
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