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Junior finance minister Sorenson to detail plan for "getting back in the black"

As the post-holiday pre-parliamentary return ministerial circuit continues to criss-cross the country at a leisurely pace, there's no sign yet that the prime minister intends to follow up last week's western tour with a bookending swing through the east. 

(Although given the increasing reluctance on the part of his office to provide advance notice of his whereabouts, that could, of course, change as the day -- and week -- goes on.)

In any case, the headline event on today's PMO-issued Notable Event list appears to be Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson's appearance at an Economic Club of Canada-hosted breakfast in Toronto, where he will, according to the advisory, regale the audience with the latest details on his government's plans for "getting back in the black."

Elsewhere in the GTA, local MP Parm Gill does the honours on behalf of Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino by presenting a new Bomber Command Bar to a Canadian veteran. 

Meanwhile, on the east coast, ACOA Minister Rob Moore doles out fresh federal cash for the local fisheries museum during a swing through Lunenburg County.

As for the opposition front, after a mini-flurry of spotlight moments last week, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair appears to have gone to ground once more. while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hasn't yet popped onto the radar since the New Year began. 

UPDATE: As an NDP spokesperson just reminded me, Mulcair will, of course, be front and centre as his caucus heads behind closed doors tomorrow for a two-day retreat. 

For her part, Green Party Elizabeth May returned to her ongoing town hall tour last week, holding several evening sessions in her home province of British Columbia. 

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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