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Fiscal update, Senate court reference top the agenda as the House stands adjourned

As teasered last week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will share the latest fiscal numbers during a lunch appearance at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, which has promised ticketholders an "intimate" $50 per person "experience" as Flaherty joins Finance committee chair and local MP James Rajotte for a "conversation on the state of the Canadian economy."

Back in Ottawa, meanwhile, with the House shuttered to give MPs a week of quality time with constituents back in the riding, all eyes are on the Supreme Court, where the long-awaited, much anticipated Senate reference case is about to get underway.

Before the opening arguments begin, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre is slated to hit the otherwise deserted House of Commons Foyer to reiterate the position that will be articulated by his government in the days ahead.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Justice Minister Peter MacKay delivers fresh federal support for "entrepreneurship and business development" at a Halifax training centre.
  • In Val-d'Or, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel shares news that, according to the advisory, "will lead to the improved performance of two businesses and one non-profit organization in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region."
  • Back in Toronto, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver "highlights the benefits" of the Canada European free trade deal during a meeting with the board of directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
  • Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear takes the stage at the 2013 Aerospace Industry Conference, and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal drops by the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus for a "major announcement" on the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
  • Also out and about in Ontario today: Public Works Minister Diane Finley, who pays a visit to Kitchener-based Clearpath Robotics to show her department's support for "Canadian innovation and the economy."
  • Later this morning, Government Whip John Duncan will unveil a similar initiative on her behalf during a stop at Victoria-based Plurilock Security Solutions.
  • Finally, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay will update Vancouver reporters on her efforts to cut red tape for small businesses.

On the opposition front, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are scheduled to hit the by-election hustings in Bourassa.

According to their respective itineraries, Mulcair will spend most of the day on the campaign trail with Orange Wave hopeful Stephane Moraille, while Trudeau will deliver "brief remarks" at an evening rally Liberal standard bearer Emmanuel Dubourg.

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