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Pensions on the House agenda for final opposition day of the year

As the official Canadian delegation heads to South Africa to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela, the House of Commons will spend the final opposition day before the holidays considering the pros and cons of a New Democrat motion that calls on the government to "commit to supporting an immediate phase-in of increases to basic public pension benefits" during the upcoming federal-provincial-territorial finance ministers' meeting.

UPDATE: According to the voting schedule for today, MPs are also slated to deliver a final, third reading verdict on the fall omnibudget motion, as well as the latest batch of supplementary estimates. 

Once those bills have been dispatched to the Senate, there will be. at least in theory, nothing to prevent the Chamber from shutting down for the holidays as early as tomorrow. 

(Not that they necessarily will, mind you, but with those supply bills out of the way, there's no reason why they can't.)   

Outside the Chamber, New Democrat finance critic Guy Caron hits the Centre Block press theatre to present a "nation-wide petition" to "save workers' funds."

Later this morning, Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal hosts an event to mark World Human Rights Day.

Meanwhile, from his Ottawa office, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson will take part in virtual pre-budget consultations with participants in Gatineau, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

On the committee front:

On the ministerial circuit:

  • Minister of State for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch drops by the Montreal-based DisAbled Women's Network of Canada for the launch of a new initiative to combat violence against women with disabilities, while elsewhere in the city, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney makes an "important announcement" at the local RCMP headquarters.
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear drops by Western University, where, alongside local MP Joe Preston, he'll share the details of new support for the province's manufacturing sector.
  • Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt will do the honours on behalf of the federal government at a signing ceremony with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, which will be followed by a "celebration" of the settlement of a historic claim.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover will be on hand at the announcement of the Women's and Men's Winter Olympics Curling Teams.
  • Also in Winnipeg today: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who will outline new steps to "promote the growth and modernization of Canada's agricultural sector" during a stop at Canterra Seeds. 
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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