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Northern Gateway report set to be released today

In a last-minute pre-holiday news blitz, the National Energy Board is scheduled to release its much-anticipated report on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway later today, which will doubtless spark a flurry of reaction on the federal political scene.

Before that gets underway, however, the political spotlight will fall on the Burnaby constituency office of New Democrat MP Peter Julian, who is set to reveal whether or not he intends to step down to run for leader of the embattled provincial NDP, which seemed poised to seize power earlier this year, only to see its seemingly sweeping support collapse at the ballot box. 

Earlier this fall, his west coast caucus colleague Nathan Cullen made it clear that he's not interested in switching to the provincial political circuit, but Julian has been less than categorical in his comments on the issue to date. 

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • In Charlottetown, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea drops by the Atlantic Technology Centre to unveil a new initiative to "help women pursue careers in the Information Technology sector."
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal makes back-to-back announcements at community centres in Markham and Brampton.
  • Meanwhile, in Calgary, Public Works Minister Diane Finley pays a visit to Wedge Networks, where she'll show her government's support for "innovation and the economy."
  • Finally, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong spreads federal infrastructure largess at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library and the Gordon Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. 
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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