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Preston Manning launches new Senate reform campaign

Former Reform Party Leader Preston Manning returns to his erstwhile Hill stomping grounds to unveil, alongside former Alberta "Senator in Waiting" Ted Morton, a new initiative to "re-engage Canadians in the debate on Senate reform."

Also hitting the Hill media circuit this morning: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, who will field questions from reporters on the latest rates and monetary policy report at a mid-morning press conference.

Later this morning, Canadian Taxpayers Federation director Gregory Thomas teams up with Conservative Senator Diane Bellemare and former Human Resources policy director Cliff Halliwell for a panel discussion on employment insurance reform.

Outside the precinct, the PM wraps up his visit to Israel with a final round of sightseeing, including a stop at the Hula Valley bird sanctuary that bears his name before returning to Tel Aviv to be presented with an honourary doctorate. 

Later this evening, he's scheduled to make his way to Jordan to continue his Middle Eastern tour.

Back in Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander makes his way to Toronto's Pearson Airport to share the details of his latest plan to "provide faster protection" for what the advisory describes as "genuine refugees."

Also out and about on the ministerial circuit:

  • Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal joins House Leader Peter Van Loan at the Toronto International Trap and Skeet Club in Cookstown for a status update on the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games, while in Sudbury, Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford drops by Science North to launch "new Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence."
  • Moving west, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz delivers fresh federal support for Canada's oat sector at an industry association meeting in Brandon, while in Alberta, Health Minister Rona Ambrose makes an appearance at the Legal Arena to mark the installation of defibrillators "in recreational arenas across the country."
  • Finally, Treasury Board President Tony Clement spends his morning talking open data with "students and technology enthusiasts" at Simon Fraser University in Surrey.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off the second day of his Affordability Tour in Thunder Bay, where he'll co-host a "kitchen table talk" with local MP John Rafferty before heading to Winnipeg.

Elsewhere on the opposition front, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the Foothills Centennial Centre for an evening meet-and-greet, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May holds a town hall on Salt Spring Island. 

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