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Liberals descend on Montreal for 3 day policy confab

Although their three-day policy convention doesn't officially get underway until tomorrow, card-carrying Liberal delegates, hangers on and other assorted varieties of party faithful will likely start streaming into Montreal this afternoon to be on hand for tonight's pre-event welcome party, which will include a speech by Justin Trudeau.

Outside the Palais des congres, meanwhile, iconic Quebecois social activist group FRAPRU will be on hand to provide a press briefing and "noise demonstration" as they prepare to "take advantage" of the party's presence on their turf to demand that it take "firm commitments regarding social housing."

Back in the capital, New Democrat deputy leader David Christopherson teams up with caucus colleagues Craig Scott and Alexandrine Latendresse for a mid-day press conference to reveal what the advisory coyly describes as "a new measure in their opposition to Conservative election reforms."

Elsewhere on the opposition front, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair takes his "national affordability tour" to West Kelowna, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May holds an evening town hall on Galiano Island.

Out and about on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Justice Minister Peter MacKay kicks off today's events with back-to-back funding announcements in Fredericton, while back home in Nova Scotia, cabinet colleague ACOA Minister Rob Moore ferries a fresh load of federal cash to Dartmouth-based RKO Steel.
  • Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea hits the road in her home province of Prince Edward Island, where she will will share good news in O'Leary before heading to Summerside to talk up the budget at a dinner hosted by the local chamber of commerce.
  • Also on the budget promotion tour today: FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear, who will "highlight federal funding opportunities for manufacturers" during a speaking gig in Chatham, and Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson, who will emphasize what he sees as the benefits for Saskatchewan -- and specifically, the pledge to invest more money in rural broadband -- in Saskatoon.
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Labour Kellie Leitch convenes a roundtable on "workplace safety among young workers" at a Toronto-area high school, while Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz shows his government's support for the horticultural sector while taking in the 2014 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls.
  • Meanwhile, Minister of State for Science Greg Rickford joins provincial northern development minister Michael Gravelle in Thunder Bay to unveil new cash "to create jobs and enhance economic development and growth."
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander continues to laud the benefits of his government's latest attempt to "protect and promote Canada's interests and values," while junior cabinet colleague Candice Bergen chats with a downtown business group.
  • Finally, Employment Minister Jason Kenney's Northern tour takes him to Yellowknife, where he'll share the details of new job-finding help for local residents with disabilities and speak at Aurora College. 
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