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PM to pull the plug on Parliament before heading to party event in BC

After spending most of the the week outside the public eye, the PM will surface in Kelowna later this evening, where he will make an appearance at a party-organized barbecue at a local winery.

According to the advisory, reporters are welcome to show up to bear witness to the remarks that he will deliver to what will almost certainly be an overwhelmingly friendly audience of card-carrying Conservatives.  

The assembled party loyalists may not think much of the line of questioning that those reporters will likely follow during the subsequent media availability, however. 

After all, at some point today, the PM is expected to ask the governor general to prorogue the current session Parliament, which was -- and, as of this precise moment, is -- scheduled to return to regular House business next week, but will instead be put on hold until mid-October, which will almost certainly prompt queries on just why the PM is reluctant to get back to work as scheduled. 

He has had the entire summer to work on a Speech from the Throne, after all.  

Undaunted by the imminent enforced parliamentary hiatus, the New Democrats have already filed notice of a prorogation-related opposition motion, which appears on the Notice Paper for Monday's soon-to-be-cancelled sitting of the House:

September 12, 2013 -- Mr. Scott (Toronto--Danforth) -- That this House reaffirm its expressed will in support of the motion moved by Jack Layton on March 17, 2010 that, in the opinion of the House, the Prime Minister shall not advise the Governor General to prorogue any session of any Parliament for longer than seven calendar days without a specific resolution of this House of Commons to support such a prorogation.

Although that motion will, of course, be mooted by prorogation, there's no reason why the New Democrats couldn't bring it back when the House eventually resumes next month.

Elsewhere on the media circuit:

  • ACOA Minister Rob Moore makes his way to the Miramichi Boating and Yacht Club, where he'll join local MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon to share the details of new investments earmarked for "community infrastructure," while Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, delivers similarly glad tidings in his home riding of Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse.
  • In Toronto, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt teams up with Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler and unnamed"representatives of the hockey community" to unveil a new series of stamps that "celebrate Canada's game."
  • Also out and about in the Greater Toronto Area today: Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal attends KidsCAN School Day at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, while his junior cabinet colleague Candice Bergen joins the festivities surrounding the official opening of a new affordable housing project in Richmond Hill.
  • Moving west, Labour Minister Kellie Leitch talks pension reform, foreign workers and mental health in the workplace when she meets with her provincial and territorial colleagues at the very same Saskatoon hotel that hosted the New Democrat caucus earlier this week.
  • In Alberta, Health Minister Rona Ambrose drops by the Kaye Edmonton Clinic for am "important announcement" on drug shortages, while Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney does the honours at the opening of a new exhibit on WWII internment camps in Banff National Park, and Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel reveals new support for "scientific innovation and creative collaboration" with the Calgary-based Beakerhead Creative Society.
  • Minister of State for Tourism Maxime Bernier meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Whitehorse.

Finally, newly independent MP Maria Mourani is expected to take questions on her expulsion from the Bloc Quebecois caucus at her Montreal constituency office later this morning.


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