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PM takes questions from Ivey business students as Mulcair hits the TO Centre hustings

With just a few hours left until the Commons rises for the week-long Remembrance Day constituency break, all three main party leaders are headed to Toronto, where the PM will pay a mid-morning visit to the Ivey Business School, where he will, according to the notice, "participate in a question and answer session with students."

Elsewhere in the city, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off a two-day pre-by-election blitz in Toronto Centre, where he will met with "citizens" at Wellesley Station, hold a press conference on the Senate at LInda McQuaig's campaign office and take a tour of Regent Park.

Later this evening, both Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, as well as Employment Minister Jason Kenney, are scheduled to speak at the annual Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Back on the Hill, MPs stuck on pre-weekend duty in the Chamber will pick up where they left off in debating the pros and cons of the government's bid to tighten up the approval process for community drug treatment programs.

On the out-of-town ministerial circuit:

  • Fisheries Minister Gail Shea talks Canada-European free trade at a stakeholder roundtable in Moncton, while in Newfoundland, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt joins Miawpukek First Nation elders and "community members" to celebrate "a major milestone in self-government negotiations.
  • In Quebec, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney spreads glad tidings on behalf of colleague Shelly Glover as he doles out fresh federal funding for "arts and culture" during a stop at the Vieux Bureau de Poste in Levis.
  • Back in Ontario, Employment Minister Jason Kenney will be in attendance as provincial and territorial labour ministers gather to discuss "skills training and labour market challenges" in Toronto.
  • Outside the city, Veterans Minister Julian Fantino takes his Veterans Week speaking tour to a local Catholic elementary school in Maple, and Industry Minister James Moore treks to North Bay to meet with "northern Ontario aerospace leaders" at Canadore College's Aviation Campus.
  • Moving west, Treasury Board President Tony Clement drops by the University of Manitoba to trumpet the upcoming Canadian Open Data Experience during a chat with "technology enthusiasts" and university students. Later today, he'll give Winnipeg "business leaders" update on his government's red tape-cutting efforts, and "highlight" the potential benefits of increased Canada-Europe free trade.
  • Health Minister Rona Ambrose returns to her home turf in Edmonton for announcements on "patient-oriented research" and "support [for] the beef sector and market development," the second of which she will deliver at Farmfair International, on behalf of her cabinet colleague, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
  • Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson holds pre-budget consultations.
  • In Calgary, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal attends the opening ceremony of the Essent ISU World Cup of Speed Skating before taking the stage at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference.
  • Also out and about in Calgary today: Minister of State for Western Diversification Michelle Rempel, who will "provide a keynote address" at the Canadian Energy Summit, which, according to the notice, "brings together policy makers, industry leaders and government officials for an in-depth look into Canada's energy future."
  • Finally, on the west coast, Ritz himself will make an appearance in Dawson Creek, where he's slated to hold a closed-door "agriculture sector roundtable" to "highlight trade opportunities for Peace Region." 
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