Inside Politics

Shea kicks off mini-spree of cross-country small-craft harbour funding reveals

A coalition of human rights activists, including Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, former MP David Kilgour, Amnesty International secretary general Alex Neve and representatives from the Federation for a Democratic China will join the family of Dr. Wang Bingzhang at a mid-morning press conference, during which they will call on the prime minister, as well as US President Barack Obama, to raise his case with China during the upcoming G20 summit.

According to the advisory, Bingzhang, who has a doctorate from McGill, is "considered one of the founders of the Chinese democracy movement," but "has spent the last 11 years serving a lifelong sentence in solitary confinement on fabricated charges."

Later this afternoon, his family will hold a vigil outside the Chinese embassy.

Outside the precinct, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea kicks off a series of synchronized funding announcements during a visit to North Lake, where she will share the details of fresh federal support for small-craft harbours across Prince Edward Island.

According to the PMO-issued Notable Event list, similar announcements will be held at local harbours across the country, including Black River (ACOA Minister Rob Moore), Caribou Ferry (Justice Minister Peter MacKay), Erieau (David Van Kesteren), Gimli (James Bezan), Cortes Island (Government Whip John Duncan, Richmond and Delta (Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay).

Meanwhile, Moore is also scheduled to make an appearance in Saint-Andre, where he will deliver glad tidings on economic development in the region, which, as per the advisory, will involve funds from both ACOA and the National Research Council, and MacKay drops by Dartmouth-based Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc. later this afternoon to share the details of "market-leading defence research and development."

Back in Quebec, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel doles out a fresh load of federal largess during a visit to an aluminum company in Saguenay, while newly minted Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre takes part in an "important infrastructure event" at the Outremont rail yards.

Moving west to Pickering, FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear delivers "a keynote address" on an unspecified subject, after which he will join local MP Corneliu Chisu for a similarly mysterious roundtable with unnamed participants.

Finally, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel will "affirm support" for western Canadian exporters during a visit to Saskatoon-based zu, a local agency that provides "hands on digital tools."  

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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