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Oliver to pitch Canada as 'responsible energy supplier' during visit to DC

Hot on the heels of the PM's latest attempt to get US President Barack Obama to sign off on the Keystone pipeline, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is off to Washington for a tete-a-tete with his American counterpart, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, as well as a post-meeting media availability at the Canadian embassy to "highlight the significance of the Canada-US energy relationship," as well as Canada's role as "responsible energy supplier."

Back in the Canadian capital, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty drops by Ottawa Camping Trailers to deliver an otherwise unspecified "announcement," while Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover unveils new support for Francophone communities during a visit to the National Arts Centre.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will be on hand as the Royal Canadian Mint launches a "blockbuster series of commemorative coins" to mark the 75th anniversary of Superman "and his Canadian co-creator, Joe Shuster" at a noon event in downtown Toronto.
  • Minister Rona Ambrose joins representatives from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart to share the details of what the advisory bills as "an innovative approach for arthritis."
  • Also out and about in southern Ontario today: Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier chats up the Guelph Chamber of Commerce while Labour Minister Kellie Leitch drops off a fresh load of federal support for anti-trafficking measures at a Newmarket women's support centre, and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino hosts a "meet and greet session" with local veterans in Brampton.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay teams up with local MP Joyce Bateman to "highlight" her government's "low-tax plan for Canadian families," while in Saskatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joins his provincial counterpart at Prairieland Park, where the duo will reveal new assistance for Ag-West Bio.
  • Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney delivers glad tidings to a sports centre in Saint-Léon-de-Standon, while Senator Michel Rivard is set to speak at the Bell Challenge news conference in Quebec City.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair gets ready for his party's upcoming caucus retreat in Saskatoon by spending the day in Regina, where he's slated to meet with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall,the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and the regional director for the Canadian Labour Congress.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May takes her ongoing town hall tour of British Columbia to Saturna. 

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