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EuroMaidan supporters hit the Hill with plea for government action

In the wake of a fresh wave of violence and protests in Kyiv, EuroMaidan supporters descend on the Hill to call on the government to "take the lead in applying sanction against those responsible for these atrocities and violations of human rights" at a noon-hour rally organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Outside the precinct, Public Works Minister Diane Finley shares new details on her government's defence procurement strategy at a University of Calgary-hosted public policy symposium at the Chateau Laurier.

Later this afternoon, Industry Minister James Moore will announce, and take questions from reporters on, the results of the 700 mhz spectrum auction.

ACOA Minister Rob Moore kicks off the east coast leg of the good news circuit with a visit to Miramichi, where he'll join local MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon to deliver fresh cash to the New Brunswick Composites Cluster Group, and "discuss the highlights" of the latest budget during a roundtable discussion at the Miramichi Town Hall.

Back in Ontario, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear makes similarly themed budget appearances alongside local MPs in Oxford and Strathroy, while Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford does the same at the University of Toronto.

Elsewhere in the province, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz talks "investment and innovation" at the London Chamber of Commerce before heading to Sarnia with a fresh load of federal cash for "bio-based industries."

Other out-of-town events on the calendar for today:

  • In Cobourg, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch unveils new support for a project that, according to the advisory, "will enhance economic prosperity of rural immigrant women in Northumberland County."
  • Moving west to Manitoba, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino drops by the Operational Stress Injuries Critic at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg with news on "improving services to Veterans with mental health issues and their families," while in Carman, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen shows her government's support for "safe farms."
  • Meanwhile, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander attends a citizenship ceremony at Fort Calgary, where he's also slated to discuss his government's most recent efforts to "strengthen" the current citizenship rules.
  • On the west coast, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt treks to Vancouver International Airport to make what is being billed as an "important announcement regarding Canada's surveillance and monitoring of pollution in Canadian waters," while Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson does still more "highlighting" of budget initiatives during a stop at the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University, and, later, at a "business leaders roundtable" in Richmond.
  • This afternoon, Revenue Minister Kerry Lynne Findlay teams up with Government Whip John Duncan to meet with Comox Valley search and rescue volunteers.
  • Finally, Employment Minister Jason Kenney heads north to Whitehorse, where he will outline recent Employment Insurance changes during a speech at Yukon College, and detail new job assistance for Yukon residents with disabilities.

On the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair takes his Kitchen Table Talk tour to Kamloops, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Quebec City for a two-day pre-convention caucus retreat. 

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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