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Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella holds rare mid-morning media availability

With just a few weeks to go before the House rises for the holidays, MPs will embark on the penultimate stage of the now traditional fall omnibudget process -- specifically, report stage debate, which begins today and will likely keep the Chamber busy for the next few days, depending on how long the government is prepared to let it go on before bringing down the time allocation hammer.

Before the Commons opens for business, however, the media spotlight will shift to the Senate Foyer, where Speaker Noel Kinsella is scheduled to make himself available to reporters -- not, apparently, for any specific reason, but just to answer questions.

Also on the Hill today: Representatives from the Egyptian-Canadian Coalition for Democracy will share the details of a new global campaign for "democracy and justice."

Later this morning, International Cooperation Minister Christian Paradis will "speak to Canada's support" for a Global Fund initiative to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Outside the precinct, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford drops by the National Research Council to launch a new tool that, according to the notice, will "improve small and medium-sized enterprise access to R&D support."

Meanwhile, across the country, ministers and MPs are set to launch the 2014 Canada Summer Jobs Program through a series of localized satellite events in St. John's, Halifax, Markham, Brampton and Winnipeg.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

  • Industry Minister James Moore drops by the Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum to reveal his government's response to the Emerson report on Canada's future interests in space.
  • In Vancouver, Finance parliamentary secretary Andrew Saxton delivers fresh federal support for "applied research and innovation" at Simon Fraser University before heading back to the regional minister's office for another round of closed-door consultations on next year's budget.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spends the afternoon in Milton, where he'll meet with local business owners and members of the public during a downtown walkabout. 

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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