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Happy 250th Anniversary, Royal Proclamation of 1763!

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt teams up with Assembly of First Nations chief Shawn Atleo to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 by meeting with students at York Street Public School and Rideau High School.

According to the advisory, those events will be "photo opportunities only," with no interviews available with either the minister or the chief, but before the school visits get underway, Atleo is slated to make an appearance at the National Press Theatre, where he will "speak to the significance" of the anniversary.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Museum of Civilization will serve as venue for a one-day symposium on "the foundations of treaty-making in Canada," which is being organized by the Land Claims Agreement Coalition, and will, as per the notice, bring together "leading academics, experienced Aboriginal leaders and legal experts.

Back on the Hill, New Democrat MPs Mathieu Ravignat and Francoise Boivin detail their party's plan to "finally get cronyism out of the federal government's appointment process" at a mid-morning press conference.

Later today, a third New Democrat MP -- revenue critic Murray Rankin -- will "discuss Conservative mismanagement and allegations of corruption at the Canada Revenue Agency. "

Outside the precinct:

  • No fewer than three ministers hit the pre-Throne Speech hustings in Vancouver, where Public Works Minister Diane Finley will stop by the Seaspan Shipyards with an "important announcement" -- not surprisingly, one related to shipbuilding.
  • Elsewhere in the city, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will share her views on "the important role that new technologies play" in the transportation sector at the Canadian Innovation Summit, while her cabinet colleague Kellie Leitch joins local MPs John Weston and Wai Young at the launch of a new project to "provide more women with the skills to participate in Canada's current and emerging technology sectors."
  • Finally, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford treks to WInnipeg to "highlight a new collaborative initiative" at the University of Manitoba.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May takes her Save Democracy From Politics tour to Calgary, where she'll hold a town hall meeting at the Scarboro United Church. 

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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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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