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Senate showdown set to resume this afternoon

As Hill denizens count down the hours until the ongoing Senate showdown over the government's bid to suspend Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin resumes this afternoon, MPs retreat behind closed doors for their weekly caucus confabs.

When the House gets back to business, the first item of business on the agenda will be a vote on the latest ways and means motion, which will take place immediately after Question Period.

Once that wraps up, MPs will turn their collective attention to the fall omnibudget bill, which includes, among other provisions, a proposal to tweak the Supreme Court Act to clarify eligibility questions related to judges from Quebec.

Later this evening, Liberal MP John McKay will get his first chance to make his case for his bid to require Canadian mining, oil and gas companies to report payments to foreign governments.

Over in the Upper House, meanwhile, the action is expected to get underway at 2:30 or so.

Also on the Hill today: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz holds a mid-morning press conference to discuss the latest monetary policy report and rate announcement.

Outside the precinct, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with former British PM Tony Blair to talk over the Middle East Peace Process.

Later this afternoon, Canada 2020 will host an evening seminar on "Big Data and the future of progressive politics" with special guests Dan Wagner and Teddy Goff, who are billed as "Barack Obama's top digital architects," and Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt, author of Shopping For Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them.

Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Ed Fast hits the pro-Canada-European free trade lecture circuit in Halifax, where he will "highlight the benefits" of the recent deal to Nova Scotia "exporters, workers and businesses," with International Cooperation Minister Christian Paradis slated to do the same for his fellow Quebeckers during a visit to the Universite Laval.

Finally, former Green Party candidate George Laraque will deliver an "important announcement" on the Bourassa by-election race from which he was recently forced to step down due to ongoing legal issues, while elsewhere in the riding, Bloc Quebecois hopeful Daniel Duranleau kicks off his campaign.  

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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