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PM to address Knesset as ministerial good news circuit rolls on back home

As the PM continues his tour of Israel by delivering the first-ever speech to the Knesset by a Canadian head of government, the ministerial circuit resumes back home.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay will kick off today's events at the Halifax Port Authority, where he'll launch "a new, online forecasting tool" before making his way to the nearby Halifax Discovery Centre for an "important infrastructure event" with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

Later this afternoon, he'll drop by the Halifax Citadel for a roundtable discussion on the upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation, after which he'll make himself available to the press.

Also out and about on the East Coast today: ACOA Minister Rob Moore, who is in Riverside to announce, alongside local MP Robert Goguen and provincial economic development minister Bruce Fitch, new support for the metalworking sector, and local MPs John Williamson and Greg Kerr, who will unveil new infrastructure funding in Black Harbour, Meteghan Centre and Yarmouth, respectively.

Still more "important infrastructure events" will unfold out west, where Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will do the honours on behalf of their government in Kelowna and Igloolik, respectively.

Findlay is also expected to dole out fresh cash for arts and culture at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford heads to the northern part of the province with new federal funding to "create jobs and support economic growth" during a visit to Geraldton, where he's also scheduled to meet with "local stakeholders."

Meanwhile, in Manitoba, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen provides a financial boost to combat homelessness during a visit to the Herman Prior Senior Services Centre in Portage la Prairie, while in Vancouver, parliamentary secretary Eve Adams marks the start of National Non-Smoking Week at the University of British Columbia.

Finally, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has convened a mid-afternoon teleconference to share the highlights of his recent meeting with his international counterparts in Berlin.

Later this evening, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will host a town hall in her home riding of Saanich. 

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