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Lebel may face QC Values Charter questions at Montreal photo op

For the second year in a row, the PM is off to New York to attend side events to, but not the actual United Nations General Assembly meeting.

On his agenda today: a panel discussion on maternal and infant health with Melinda Gates, Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, Norwegian PM Jens Stollenberg and Deputy UN Secretary General Jian Eliasson. According to the official itinerary, at some point over the next two days, he's slated to take part in a "moderated discussion" with the Canadian-American Business Council, as well as a roundtable chat with unidentified "business leaders," although further details on the timing of those events have not yet been released.

Back in Canada, meanwhile, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel may find himself at the centre of a larger-than-expected media throng when he drops by the Montreal headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization to do the honours at the unveiling of a new photo gallery -- not, needless to say, due to a sudden burst of interest in federally-funded wall art, but to press him to elaborate on his recent comments on the Quebec Values Charter -- and, specifically, his seeming lack of concern over its more controversial elements.

Also in Montreal today: what the PMO Notable Event listmaker coyly refers to as an unnamed "federal representative" -- who, in a subsequent advisory, is identified as Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford -- will announce the appointment of a "world leader in pain research" to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics at McGill University.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver celebrates National Tree Day and National Forest Week with a visit to High Park, while Justice Minister Peter MacKay joins local MP Bob Dechert for an announcement at the Ontario Heritage Centre, Treasury Board President Tony Clement talks red tape reduction with the Canadian Polish Congress in Etobicoke and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch delivers her government's latest round of support to a Mississauga project to combat so-called "honour" crimes.
  • Outside the GTA, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear will give a keynote address at a conference of Ontario community futures development corporations.
  • Moving west to Manitoba, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel will demonstrate her government's support for "expanded aerospace research and development" during a stop at the GE Aviation Testing Centre in Winnipeg.
  • Finally, MInister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson will, as per the headline to the advisory, "highlight Canada's world-class transportation infrastructure" at the Roads, Rails and Runways conference in Edmonton.

On the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair attends the First Nations Summit in North Vancouver, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau continues his Manitoban tour with a visit to Steinbach, where he'll meet with the mayor and sample the wares at the Main Bread and Butter Company before making his way to Lorette for an evening rally with supporters. 

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