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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to put Lyme Disease on the House agenda

As the House returns for a final week of regular parliamentary business before the looming two-week March constituency break, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will get her first chance to pitch her Commons colleagues on her bid to establish a National Lyme Disease Strategy when the Chamber reopens this morning.

Later today, MPs will begin second reading debate on the government's omnibus proposal to revamp the rules governing Canada's agricultural sector, including tweaking the duration and scope of plant breeders' rights, authorizing inspectors to remove and destroy "certain unlawful imports," increasing penalties that can be imposed for "certain violations," improve accessibility to the advance payments program and "clarify the farm debt mediation process."

On the committee front:

    • Foreign Affairs members gather for yet another briefing on the ever-shifting situation in Ukraine as University of Ottawa Ukrainian Studies Chair Dominique Arel, Canadian Institute of Ukraine Studies research association Taras Kuzio, the Ukrainian World Congress president Eugene Czolij and Ukrainian Orthodox Church priest Ihor Okhrimtchouk give their perspectives on the latest developments.
    • Over at Industry, committee members will continue their study on the state of the Canadian entertainment software industry with the help of ACTRA policy director Marit Stiles and member Simon Peacock, as well as the Canadian Interactive Alliance and Montreal professor Jocelyn Benoit.
    • Meanwhile, three committees -- Public Accounts, Agriculture and the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women -- will go behind closed doors to work on draft reports.

Outside the precinct, the PM heads to Toronto for a moderated Q&A session at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual convention, which got underway yesterday with a keynote address by New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, with Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq also slated to speak to the assembled delegates this morning.

Back in the capital region, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt joins Land Advisory Board Chair Chief Robert Louie and First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc. Chair Chief Austin Bear for a signing ceremony at the newly renamed Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.

Elsewhere in Quebec, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel will "provide an update" on the St. Lawrence Bridge project.

Also out and about today: Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Maxime Bernier will help the Township of North Stormont's first annual "business breakfast."

Finally, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch unveils a new plan to encourage "the advancement of young professional women in the bio-economic industry" during a visit to Vancouver.

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