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Mulcair meets with UN rapporteur as Trudeau hits hustings in Bourassa

A day after marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair meets with UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya to "discuss his findings about issues facing First Nations in Canada," with MPs Jean Crowder, Romeo Saganash and Charlie Angus also expected to be in attendance.

Before that gets underway, however, Angus will hit the stage at the National Press Theatre, where he and his party's democratic reform critic Craig Scott will unveil their proposals to "raise the accountability bar in the Senate."

Also on the Hill today:

  • The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health launches Mental Illness Awareness Week with a "call to action" press conference, followed by a photo op on the front steps.
  • Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen attends the kick-off of the National Volunteer Programme for the FIFA Women's World Cup. The event, which will take place in the House of Commons Foyer, will also include a sneak peek at the trophies to be won, as well as the presentation of the Ceremonial Ball to representatives of the host cities.

Outside the precinct, Treasury Board President Tony Clement will tour the exhibition floor at the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC), where he is also expected to speak on his efforts to "streamline and modernize services."

Meanwhile, in what the advisory describes as "his first major speech as Minister of Employment and Social Development," Jason Kenney will lay out his government's plan to "address the skills mismatch in Canada" during a keynote address to the Economic Club of Canada at a downtown Toronto hotel.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

  • Saint John MP Rodney Weston delivers a fresh load of federal support to the local animal shelter.
  • In Toronto, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino discusses new initiatives to "cut red tape" for veterans during a visit to Humber College.
  • Eve Adams shares the details of a new program "related to achieving healthier weights in Saskatchewan and British Columbia" at a Saskatoon school.
  • Labour Minister Kellie Leitch drops by Vancouver Community College to share the details of a new program to prevent violence against women before heading off to Kelowna to celebrate International Day of the Girl in Kelowna alongside local students, Conservative MP Ron Cannan and 2012 Youth Ambassador Alaina Podmorow, the founder of "Little Women for Women in Afghanistan."
  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz talks up his recent European trade mission via teleconference.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pays a visit to Bourassa, where he'll meet with local community groups with his party's by-election candidate-in-waiting Emmanuel Dubourg, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will take her pro-democracy town hall tour to Winnipeg for an evening meeting at the Broadway Disciples United Church. 

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