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MPs to mull over bid to rejig political power dynamic during closed-door caucus confabs

Now that they've finally had a chance to read the fine print of Conservative backbench MP Michael Chong's Reform Act, MPs will get the chance to debate the pros and cons of the bill behind the tightly closed doors of their respective weekly party caucus confabs.

While his colleagues consider Chong's bid to rebalance the parliamentary power dynamic, however, Liberal treasury board critic Gerry Byrne will hit the stage at the Centre Block press theatre to share still more examples of "wasteful spending and poor economic management" by the current government.

Also on the Hill today: Dalai Lama North American representative Kaydor Aukatsang, who will chat with MPs and senators at an event organized by the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet.

When the Chamber reopens for business this afternoon, MPs will turn their attention to the government's latest efforts towards devolving power to the Northwest Territories.

Outside the precinct, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will unveil his party's "vision for a secure energy future" during a speech before the Economic Club of Canada.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver talks up his government's "comprehensive work to secure Canada's economy and environment for future generations" while breakfasting with the Vancouver Board of Trade. 

Back in Ottawa, Employment Minister Jason Kenney drops by Willis College to, as the advisory puts it, "recognize a significant private-sector investment in career college training."

Finally, International Trade Minister Ed Fast makes his way to Bali to meet with his international counterparts at a World Trade Organization-hosted ministerial conference. 

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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