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Ship(builder)s, ahoy! Unnamed officials to give background briefing on procurement process

Unnamed senior officials hit the stage at the National Press Theatre later this morning to deliver a background briefing on the status of the government's much self-vaunted shipbuilding procurement process.

Although the advisory is distinctly light on any further details, today's update may well have been triggered by the imminent release of the fall report of the auditor general, which will include a chapter on shipbuilding, and is expected to be tabled in the Commons later this month.

Outside the precinct, Treasury Board President Tony Clement heads to the University of Toronto's Bahen Centre for Information Technology, where, alongside students and "Canadian innovators," he will "showcase Canada's role in the global open data revolution."

Later this morning, he'll host a Google Hangout on the "innovative potential of open data."

In Levis, meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney will delve into the darker side of the technology revolution during a discussion on "cyber security issues" with local students.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

  • In Vancouver, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver teams up with Japanese trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi for a joint announcement that will, according to the notice, "reinforce strategic international partnerships in the energy sector."
  • Also out and about in BC today: Conservative MP Colin Mayes, who will deliver a fresh injection of federal support for community infrastructure during an appearance at a Salmon Arm curling club.
  • On the east coast, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is also set to stop by a local curling club as she continues to make the rounds in her home province.
  • In Quebec, Senator Larry Smith unveils plans to erect a new war memorial in Beaconsfield's Heroes Park.
  • Finally, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will share the details of a new water supply project at the Kindersley Elks Hall.

South of the border, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch will make her debut appearance before the United Nations General Assembly, where she will deliver a speech to mark the second International Day of the Girl, and host a meeting of "girl activists" at an event co-sponsored by Peru and Turkey.

Finally, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is still in Washington, DC, where he will spend much of the day at closed-door confabs with his G-20 counterparts, as well as the International Monetary and Financial Committee. 

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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