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Mulcair heads to Northern Ontario to kick off 'National Affordability Tour'

On the heels of last week's pre-sitting caucus strategy meetings, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to Sault Sainte Marie to kick off his "National Affordability Tour" with a mid-morning "kitchen table talk," followed by a public town hall this evening.

Mulcair isn't the only leader to hit the town hall circuit, of course -- Green Party Elizabeth May has been holding similar events in British Columbia and beyond since the House rose for the holidays, and do so tonight in Saturna.

Also out and about across the country today:

    • Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch details her government's efforts to "support women in leadership roles" at an Empire Club lunch in downtown Toronto.
    • Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear pays a visit to Kitchener's Communitech Hub, where he will mark a "key milestone" in the Venture Capital Action Plan.
    • Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford drops by the local hospital to unload a fresh load of federal assistance for the Thunder Bay region.
    • Moving west, the Fairmont Winnipeg will serve as backdrop as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announces new support for the Canadian grain industry.
    • Minister of State for Western Diversification Michelle Rempel unveils new funding earmarked for seven local community infrastructure projects in Calgary.
    • Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes his open data evangelism to the University of British Columbia.

Back on the Hill, the University of Calgary School of Public Policy has convened a "media conference" with former World Bank development policy director Alan Gelb, who will, according to the advisory, explore whether Canada's natural resources are "actually benefiting Canadian," and explain "the few policy measures" that, in his view, "the government must adopt" in order to ensure future prosperity.

Just outside the precinct, meanwhile, Canada 2020 holds a panel discussion on defence procurement that will explore, as per the title, "leveraging the military buy: from opportunity to reality."

Finally, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien will be feted for "Fifty Yeas of Standing Up for Canada" at a gala dinner in Toronto, with former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and former Liberal cabinet minister Brian Tobin expected to be among the attendees.

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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