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Prorogation could kill committee on violence against indigenous women, Liberals warn

As prorogation looms large on the parliamentary horizon, Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett hits the National Press Theatre to outline what the imminent, if temporary, dissolution of all House and Senate committees means for the future of the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women.

(Unlike standing committees, which are established by the standing orders, special committees are not automatically recreated at the start of a new session, although there's no rule that forbids the House from passing a motion to do so.)

On the west coast, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be on hand as her BC Green Party colleagues Adam Olsen and Andrew Weaver share their thoughts on "leaked evidence" that, according to the advisory, "is contrary to Stephen Harper's statement to the effect he will not support Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project before it is reviewed by the Joint Review Panel."

This evening, May will hold the first in a planned series of fall town halls in her home riding of Saanich.

Meanwhile, as the PM heads to Russia to meet with his G20 counterparts, the ministerial good news circuit continues to wend its way across the country.

  • Industry Minister James Moore pays a mid-morning visit to Saint-Hubert, where he will unveil new support for the Canadian aerospace industry during a visit to the Ecole nationale d'aerotechnique.
  • Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt joins First Nation chief Gilbert Dominique for an infrastructure announcement at the Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh.
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Museum alongside his French counterpart.
  • In Markham, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal drops by the Angus Glen Golf Club with a fresh load of federal goodwill earmarked for local preparations for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz delivers glad tidings for canola producers during an appearance at the Saskatoon Research Centre.
  • Finally, International Trade Minister Ed Fast teams up with Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams to share the details of a new Beyond The Border initiative. 
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