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Ministers hit the off-season hustings from coast to coast to coast

After coasting through the opening days of 2014 at a leisurely post-holiday pace, the ministerial good news circuit kicks into high gear today, with PMO-highlighted Notable Events slated to unfold from coast to coast to coast.

From east to west (and, eventually, north):

  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney, accompanied by what the advisory somewhat hand-wavingly refers to as "the Atlantic governments," starts his day in Fredericton, where he's scheduled to deliver what is being billed as "an important announcement for apprentices" throughout the region, while Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen stops by St. Mary's University in Halifax with a fresh load of assistance for "local residents with disabilities

  • From his Montreal office, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel shares an "update" on the not-at-all glacially-paced St. Lawrence bridge project, while back in Ottawa, Justice Minister Peter MacKay heads to Centrepoint Commerce Court for an otherwise unexplained "funding announcement."

  • As is so often the case these days, multiple ministers will be out and about in the Greater Toronto Area, where International Trade Minister Ed Fast will, we are reliably advised, "make an important announcement [on] the latest strategic steps [his government] is taking to maximize Canada's success in key foreign markets."

  • Meanwhile, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie spreads glad tidings, in the form of federal support for "new economic opportunities for women," during a visit to the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre, while her cabinet colleague Alice Wong convenes a pre-budget roundtable with "key stakeholders."

  • Elsewhere in the province, Treasury Board President Tony Clement unveils his plan to "create jobs and strengthen economic growth" during meetings with "local stakeholders" at the Parry Sound airport.

  • On the western side of the country, Government Whip John Duncan hosts an "important infrastructure event" in Nanaimo, while in Vancouver, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay details a new initiative to "crack down on tax cheats."

  • Finally, from Iqaluit, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq reveals a new plan related to the development of Nunavut's fisheries.

Back in the capital, New Democrat MPs begin to converge on the Hill for a two-day caucus retreat to plot strategy for the upcoming sitting. 

Before that gets underway, however, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court, where judges will hear arguments on the eligibility of putative future member Marc Nadon, whose ascension to the highest bench in the land was thrust into limbo after a Toronto lawyer launched a legal challenge that questioned his qualifications for the job.  

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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