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Finley to talk procurement at 'Best Defence' conference

Later this morning, the PM will embark on what may be his last international trip before the House returns later this month: a week-long trek through Asia, starting in Malaysia and wrapping up at next week's APEC leaders' conference in Indonesia. 

The first port of call will be Kuala Lumpur, where the PM, along with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, will embark on what the advisory notes will be "the first bilateral visit by a Canadian prime minister since 1996," and will involve meetings with Malaysian PM Najib Razak, among other events over the course of next few days. Once that wraps up, the prime ministerial entourage will make its way to Bali for the 21st annual APEC Leaders' Meeting, which runs from October 7-8.

Back in Canada, Public Works Minister Diane Finley is expected to talk federal procurement at the Best Defence Conference in London, which could, at least in theory, give her the opportunity to preview the rumoured revamp of the current process that will reportedly be included in the upcoming Speech from the Throne.

Finley isn't the only minister slated to speak at the conference, either; FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear is scheduled to give the keynote address, as well as take part in a photo op with local MP Susan Truppe.

Elsewhere on the circuit:

  • Health Minister Rona Ambrose delivers an "important announcement" at the ministerial regional office in Toronto, while Labour Minister Kellie Leitch helps kick off Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa.
  • In Montreal, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt share her thoughts with attendees at the 33rd Women's International Shipping and Trading Association Conference.
  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney hits the stage at the Social Enterprise World Forum in his hometown of Calgary.

Also out and about in Alberta today: New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, who continues his tour of Edmonton with a visit to the Natural Resources Engineering Facility at the University of Alberta.

Meanwhile, back in the capital, PSAC members team up with veterans to lodge their collective objections to the move to close down regional Veterans Affairs offices, while elsewhere in the city, the CAN-MNCH Symposium will look at ways of "working together for global maternal, newborn and child health." 

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