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Former budget watchdog Kevin Page to receive taxpayer group's 'highest honour'

New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair hits the National Press Theatre this morning, where he will attempt to focus on what his party claims are cuts to federal-provincial health transfer payments, but almost certainly find himself instead fielding questions on the results of the Nova Scotia election -- specifically, what the unceremonious turfing of the provincial NDP government may augur for the future electoral success of the federal party.

Later this morning, the Parliamentary Budget Office will release a new report on wage growth within the public service, which will be posted on the PBO website

This evening, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page will be the guest of honour at a reception hosted by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, during which he will be presented with the TaxFighter Award. 

Outside the precinct, Public Works Minister Diane Finley kicks off the second day of GTEC ("Canada's Government Technology Event") with a keynote speech that will, according to the advisory, "highlight savings, service and security" in IT infrastructure.

Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal spends the day in Toronto, beginning with a morning appearance at the Pan American Sports Organization General Assembly, followed by a quick trek to the Billy Bishop Airport, where he's slated to join Olympic athlete Jennifer Botterill for what is described, simply, as "an RBC event."

Elsewhere in the city, Jason Kenney will don his multiculturalism ministerial hat to attend a Survivor Educator Tribute Event, where he will unveil the winner of the Award of Excellence for Holocaust Education and share the details of a new initiative related to "the preservation of video testimonials."

Also out and about today:

  • Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel heads to Saskatoon to deliver fresh federal support for cancer-related research, and "outline opportunities for Saskatchewan businesses" at the Saskatchewan Aerospace and Defence Opportunities Forum.
  • On the west coast, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will address participants at the BC First Nations Liquid Natural Gas Summit in Prince George.
  • Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty embarks on a four-day visit to Washington, DC, where he's slated to meet with various and sundry G8 and G20 counterparts.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau joins Provencher by-election hopeful Terry Hayward at the official opening of his campaign office before joining University of Manitoba students at a mid-day town hall.

Finally, in what may or may not be a related event, later this evening, local Liberals will decide who will carry the party colours in the Brandon-Souris election -- as, it seems, will the Green Party, whose leader, Elizabeth May, will be front and centre at the nomination meeting scheduled for tonight.

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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