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MPs set to flee the Hill for a two-week constituency break

When the Chamber shuts down later today, MPs are set to flee the precinct for what would appear to be a much-needed, if, perhaps, not entirely deserved two-week constituency break, which should at the very least hit pause on the increasingly poisonously partisan atmosphere that has pervaded the precinct in recent days.   

Before that happens, however, the final report from the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women is expected to be tabled in the House at noon.

Both the New Democrats and the Liberals have scheduled separate press conferences to comment on those conclusions, but as yet, the government has not, which hints at a distinct lack of unanimity amongst committee members.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt heads to Winnipeg, where she'll team up with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for a joint announcement on what the advisory describes, somewhat euphemistically, as "challenges in Canada's grain transportation."

Also on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander marks International Women's Day with a lunch speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson joins the local mayor for an "important infrastructure event" on the Queenston Street Bridge in his home riding of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Moving west to Airdrie, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel will "provide remarks" at the grand opening of the SAIT-AIM Centre for Innovation, while in Edmonton, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson "participates in a training exercise" at a local golf school to "highlight increased support for Special Olympics Canada" in the latest budget.
  • On the west coast, Industry Minister James Moore makes an appearance in his hometown of Port Moody, where, alongside representatives from the province and TransLink, he'll share the latest news on "Evergreen Line construction."
  • Finally, Treasury Board President Tony Clement unveils "major progress on a large-scale project" in Yellowknife. 
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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