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Heads up, Canadians: It's roundtable season!

After spending much of the summer crisscrossing the country, Justice Minister Peter MacKay brings his ongoing consultation tour back to the capital region, where he'll make himself available to reporters for a "brief Q&A" before retreating behind closed doors to discuss the putative victims' bill of rights with unnamed participants.

Also out and about on the ministerial circuit today:

  • ACOA Minister Rob Moore delivers federal support to Fredericton-based Introhive, which bills itself as "the relationship capital company," although the announcement itself is slated to take place at a nearby forestry centre.
  • In Quebec City, a full contingent of municipal and provincial officials, including former Bloc Quebecois MP turned Parti Quebecois culture minister Maka Kotto, will join Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt for an "infrastructure event" at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
  • Back in Toronto, FedDev Minister Gary Goodyear heads to Vaughan, where he'll team up with Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino for a tour of Vida Holdings, followed by a roundtable chat with members of the local chamber of commerce, while in Waterloo, Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes part in what the advisory describes as a "unique armchair discussion" on open data with OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea.
  • Elsewhere in Ontario: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander poses for photos alongside GO Transit officials at the opening of a new parking structure at the Ajax GO station; Labour Minister Kellie Leitch teams up with local MP Kyle Seeback to unveil a new initiative "to address violence committed in the name of so-called 'honour'" at a Brampton rec centre, and FedNor Minister of State Greg Rickford delivers a fresh load of economic development cash to the Red Lake region.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover is slated to co-host the 18th annual Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, while Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen will share the details of a new assistance program during a visit to the Canadian Mental Health Association headquarters.
  • Finally, Western Economic Development Minister Michelle Rempel drops by the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park with new money for infrastructure upgrades.

Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May takes her town hall tour to central Saanich, while on the opposite coast, Liberal MP Judy Sgro and Senator Grant Mitchell hit St. John's for the latest instalment in an ongoing series of roundtable discussions on RCMP harassment, which, unlike the ministerial confabs listed above, will be open to both the public and the press.

Finally, back in Ottawa, Wounded Warriors Canada launches registration for the 2014 Canada Battlefield Ride with a reception at the Canadian War Museum.

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