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Commons prepares to shut down for week-long constituency break

With the Commons poised to shut down for a week-long constituency break, the skeleton crew of MPs who had the misfortune to pull the Valentine's Day shift in the House duty rotation will devote the remaining hours to third reading consideration of the government's bid to devolve more power to the Northwest Territories.

Outside the precinct, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair pays a visit to Centre Philou, which the advisory describes as "an organization that supports parents of children with severe handicaps."

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney heads to St. John's to give the keynote address at an awards ceremony hosted by the provincial employers' council, while back in Toronto, Justice Minister Peter MacKay delivers a fresh load of federal funding to Boost Child Abuse Prevention.
  • Moving west to Edmonton, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson will talk up the latest budget while breakfasting with the local chamber of commerce.
  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty himself, meanwhile, is scheduled to drop by the North Vancouver rescue base to "highlight a [budget] measure" that would provide "new support for search and rescue volunteers," while elsewhere on the west coat, Industry Minister James Moore speaks to a local board of trade, and Fisheries Minister Gail Shea treks to Nanaimo to unveil new federal cash for aquaculture. 
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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