Inside Politics

Let the budget debate begin!

With his much-anticipated fiscal game plan having been duly unveiled in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will kick off the traditional post-budget speaking tour with a breakfast event at the Westin, courtesy of the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

Back on the Hill, MPs will spend the morning behind closed doors at their respective weekly Wednesday caucus meetings.

When the House reopens for business this afternoon, the official budget debate will begin, which likely means an afternoon heavy on speeches -- both laudatory and otherwise -- as the opposition parties put their respective reactions on the parliamentary record.

Elsewhere in the precinct, Two Manitoba First Nations leaders hit the Centre Block press theatre to share their thoughts what the advisory describes as "the lack of new monies for First Nations housing, community infrastructure, public safety and healthcare."

Meanwhile, via teleconference, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations will explain to reporters the impact the budget will have on students.

On the committee front, Foreign Affairs hears more about the situation in Syria via a series of video appearances by National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces representatives Ameenah and Heba Sawan, Joshua Landis and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, as well in-person testimony from the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada.

Over at Fisheries, the committee continues to study the "potential benefits and challenges" of the proposed Canada-European free trade deal, while Industry members will get a briefing on the Canada Space Agency from current agency president Walter Natynczyk.

Also this afternoon:

Finally, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver heads to Toronto for a lunch hosted by the local board of trade, during which he will "highlight the benefits" of the latest budget "to Ontario and the City of Toronto." 

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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