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All eyes on Supreme Court as decision on PM's Quebec court pick looms

All eyes will be on the Supreme Court this morning as Canada's top judges prepare to deliver their long-awaited collective verdict on whether the PM's latest appointee, Quebec justice Marc Nadon, is qualified to join them on the bench -- a decision that, by a serendipitous twist of timing, will arrive right in the midst of a volatile provincial election, as Chris Hall notes here.

The ruling itself will be handed down tomorrow.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair continues to make his way through Southern Ontario, with today's itinerary taking him to McGregor and Windsor, where, according to the advisory, Mulcair will "talk agriculture and Canada Post cutbacks."

Back in the capital, Assembly of First Nations chief Shawn Atleo will speak at a breakfast hosted by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

Also out and about on the good news circuit today:

    • In Toronto, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal drops by the Mattamy Athletic Centre attends the "introduction ceremonies" for the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team, who will, according to the advisory, "represent Canada at the upcoming 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship," which will be held at the same location in June.
    • Elsewhere in the GTA, Public Safety parliamentary secretary and local MP Roxanne James will share the latest news on the "Wanted by the CBSA program," while her caucus colleague Pierre Lemieux doles out fresh federal support for the meat processing sector during a visit to Maple Leaf Foods in Hamilton.
    • Moving west, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay shares the details of "new measures that support small business" during a speech at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, while in Regina, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt delivers "an important announcement" related to the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act.
    • International Trade Minister Ed Fast continues his promotional tour in support of the Canada-Korea free trade agreement with a visit to the Richmond-based Viceroy Homes plant , where, alongside his provincial counterpart Teresa Wat, he will "highlight the job-creating benefits" of the putative deal.

Finally, former Liberal leader and retired MP Bob Rae heads to Western University to share his thoughts on what the notice describes as "the widely publicized Northern Ontario Ring of Fire mining development."

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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