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New Democrats descend on Saskatoon for pre-session 'strategy meetings'

The New Democrat caucus descends on Saskatoon today for two days of pre-(eventual)-session "strategy meetings." 

Although most of those discussions will take place behind closed doors, today's itinerary does include a few events that are open to the media: a morning meeting with provincial NDP leader Cam Broten, a mid-day scrum with Tom Mulcair, an afternoon speech by Canadian author Yann Martel and a "caucus pub night" at a local cantina.

Meanwhile, in Montreal, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau joins his party's newly elected Bourassa by-election candidate Emmanuel Dubourg at the official opening of his Charleroi Street campaign office.

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • ACOA Minister Rob Moore teams up with local MP Robert Goguen and New Brunswick Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud for back-to-back funding announcements in Moncton and Dieppe.
  • Back in Ontario, Science and Tech Minister Greg Rickford hands out federal cash at a Pickle Lake community centre, while in Saskatoon, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay spends a second day "highlighting tax relief measures" in the 2013 budget.
  • Moving west to Alberta, no fewer than three cabinet members are scheduled to hit the good news hustings, as Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino presents the new Bomber Command Bar to Canadian veterans in Edmonton, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson delivers fresh support for affordable housing at a Canmore seniors' complex and Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier chats up the local "business and academic communities" at a lunch hosted by the University of Calgary.
  • As she sets out on her first overseas tour in her new capacity, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel will do the honours on behalf of her government at the Defence Systems & Equipment International in London, where she's slated to attend the official opening of both the Canada Pavilion and the Western Canadian Booth.

Finally, back on the Hill, representatives from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the National Inuit Youth Council join Conservative MP Harold Albrecht to mark World Suicide Prevention Day with an awareness-raising event on the parliamentary lawn. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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