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In wake of expense revelations, Trudeau hits the ON provincial by-election hustings

A day after admitting to having been obliged to pay back hundreds of dollars in travel expenses related to his now dormant sideline as a professional speaker that were "inadvertently" charged to his parliamentary account, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau heads back out on the provincial by-election hustings in Niagara Falls.

According to the itinerary released by his office, Trudeau will join Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and party candidate Joyce Morocco at a local Catholic high school science lab, with subsequent 'campaign stops' slated for Commisso's Fresh Foods and the Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre.

Interestingly, all but one of today's appearances are designated as 'photo opportunities only', with Trudeau apparently hoping to limit what is likely to be a barrage of follow-up questions on his expenses to a single media opportunity at St. Michael's High School. Still, there's nothing that would stop one of the shoppers and/or senior citizens from taking advantage of his subsequent appearances to pose a query or two themselves.

Meanwhile, back on the Hill, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is slated to give a mid-morning speech to caucus during its second day of pre-sitting 'strategy meetings.'

Elsewhere in the precinct, PMO communications director Jason MacDonald gives reporters a rundown on the PM's trip to the Middle East, which kicks off early next week.

Out and about on the ministerial circuit today:

  • International Trade Minister Ed Fast heads to Chicago to talk trade with various and sundry "key U.S. officials," including -- but, given the use of plural in the advisory, not limited to -- Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
  • On this side of the border, Health Minister Rona Ambrose pays a visit to the WrapED Project Office in Edmonton , where she'll drop off a fresh load of government support, courtesy of her colleague, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney, while junior cabinet colleague Alice Wong convenes a pre-budget roundtable in Vancouver.
  • On the east coat, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea spreads funding-related glad tidings throughout her home province of Prince Edward Island, where she's scheduled to be front and centre at events in Elmsdale and Crapaud
  • Finally, in Toronto, the C. D. Howe Institute will serve as backdrop as Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay unveils a "new measure to help businesses and tax preparers". 
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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