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New Democrat MP to make case for gender balance on crown corp boards

As another week of parliamentary business draws to a close, the House will return to debating the pros and cons of the government's bid to combat "online crime" -- from cable theft to cyberbullying. 

Also on the Chamber agenda, should time allow: the "drug-free prisons" bill, as well as legislation that would promote "priority hiring for injured veterans."

Later this afternoon, New Democrat Anne-Marie Day will get her first chance to defend her proposal to impose quotas for female and male representation on boards of crown corporations.

On the ministerial circuit:

  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast heads to Halifax to talk up his just-released "blue print" for "creating jobs and opportunities through international trade," while in Montreal, his colleague Maxime Bernier lauds the anticipated benefits of the Canada-EU trade deal during a visit to the Lantic, Inc. processing plant.
  • Meanwhile, alongside a full pantheon of provincial and municipal elected officials, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel delivers what is billed as an "important announcement for the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region."
  • In Toronto, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen drops by the March of Dimes with new support for people with disabilities, while Transport Minister Lisa Raitt joins city officials at the GO Transit Streetsvillle Bus Maintenance Facility to kick off construction of a new segment of the transitway, and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal cheers on Canada's sledge hockey team in advance of the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Public Works Minister Diane Finley doles out federal assistance "in support of Canadian innovation and the economy" at Guelph-based MANTECH Inc, and then heads to London, where she'll reveal a new plan to encourage "healthy living and diabetes prevention," while Minister of State for FedDev Gary Goodyear teams up with local MP Guy Lauzon at a photo op in Winchester, and then makes his way to Trent University to tour an "innovation cluster."
  • Moving west, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong shows her government's support, presumably on issues related to her portfolio, at the University of Regina.
  • Finally, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson launches a "new. interactive online tool" to "wrap up" this year's Financial Literacy Month.

Also out and about outside the capital today: New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, who heads to Toronto to speak at the Ontario Federation of Labour biennial convention. 

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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