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Liberals hit the Hill for their usual Wednesday caucus confab

As the first week of prorogation hits the halfway point, Liberal MPs hit the Hill en masse for a closed-door caucus confab, which is scheduled to wrap up just after noon, at which point the shuttered House of Commons will, once again, serve as backdrop as Justin Trudeau takes questions from reporters.

Also on the Hill today:

  • Representatives from the Justice For Deepan support group hit the Centre Block press theatre to launch a public plea on behalf of Ottawa-born Deepan Budlakoti, who faces deportation to India due to a criminal conviction for weapons and drug-related offences, despite the fact that he has lived in Canada all his life, doesn't hold Indian citizenship and India itself has stated that it doesn't want him.
  • The Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives release their latest joint report on military procurement, while outside the precinct, Industry Minister James Moore drops by the Chateau Laurier for a lunch speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty drops by Brampton-based Hydroform Solutions Inc., where he will join cabinet colleagues Julian Fantino and Bal Gosal at the kick off a mini-series of synchronized announcements that will, according to the advisory, "highlight the government's support for Canadian manufacturers."

According to the nightly PMO-issued list of 'notable events', similar events are slated to unfold throughout the day at local businesses in Winnipeg, Calgary and Richmond.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Labour Minister Kellie Leitch visits Breast Cancer Action's Montreal headquarters, where she will share the details of a "new project that will strengthen leadership opportunities for women."
  • Moving west, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver brings his resource development-boosting stump speech to Calgary for the first-ever Google Canada Canadian Energy Summit, while in Vancouver, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who will take part in the 6th annual Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event.
  • Also out and about in Vancouver today: International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who will go behind closed doors for a roundtable chat with Canadian mining representatives before he unveils new support for "Canadian business interests and opportunities in the extractive sector abroad" this afternoon.
  • Fisheries Minister Gail Shea treks north to Pangnirtung for the opening of Canada's first Arctic small craft harbour, and Justice Minister Peter MacKay talks victims' rights at a Whitehorse cultural centre.

Finally, Council of Canadians executive director Garry Neil drops by the Brussels office of European Union president Martin Shulz to hand-deliver a 5,000-signature petition against the Canadian-European Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA).


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