Inside Politics

No sleep til Brandon (Souris)!

With the by-election countdown clock about to hit single digits, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are bound for Brandon-Souris, where each is scheduled to spend the day on the campaign trail.

For Mulcair, that means joining his party's hopeful, Cory Szczepanski, for a tour of flood migration areas, a stop at the local community college, and, later this evening, a "public town hall and Q&A."

Meanwhile, Trudeau will team up with Liberal hopeful Rolf Dinsdale for an appearance at a local elementary school, where he will "meet with students and community members," as well as local reporters.

Back in Toronto Centre, Liberal finance critic Scott Brison joins by-election hopeful Chrystia Freeland at her campaign office, where the pair will shares their respective and collective thoughts on the determinedly rosy numbers unveiled yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Also out and about today:

      • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea delivers cash earmarked for local infrastructure during a visit to the Summerside Fire Department, while Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier makes an federal largess scattering-related appearance at a "municipal park chalet" in his home riding of Beauce.
      • Oakville high school students will get a reminder of the "health effects of tobacco," courtesy of Conservative MP Eve Adams, who will be serving in her capacity as parliamentary secretary to Health Minister Rona Ambrose.
      • Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford drops by Kitchener's Communitech Hub with a fresh load of federal support for "commercialization centres."
      • In Winnipeg, no fewer than three ministers hit the good news circuit: Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who will deliver glad tidings to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, who will reveal a new initiative related to family doctors and nurse; and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who is set to speak at the "semi-annual meeting" of the Canadian Seed Trade Association.
      • In Calgary, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel kicks off the National Supply Chain Forum at the BMO Centre -- the very same venue, it's worth pointing out, that hosted her party's biennial convention earlier this month.
      • Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney makes his way to Whitehorse to talk over "items of importance regarding justice and public safety" with his provincial and territorial counterparts.
      • Finally, Industry Minister James Moore takes his turn in the Canadian-European free trade cheerleading rotation with a "morning address" at the BC Business Summit, where his cabinet colleague, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, is also scheduled to speak this afternoon. 
    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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