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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair hits the GTA St. Patrick's Day celebration circuit

New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair takes his St. Patrick's Day tour to Toronto, where he's scheduled to partake in in noon-hour festivities on Danforth before heading out to the Brampton Irish Centre this evening.

Before the shamrock-festooned celebrations get underway, however, he'll host a "small business roundtable" in Scarborough.

Elsewhere on the good news circuit:

  • Public Works Minister Diane Finley kicks off a day-long visit to Winnipeg by joining cabinet colleague Shelly Glover, local MPs Steven Fletcher and Joyce Bateman and the PM's parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra, at a ceremony to "personally congratulate" Olympic gold medalist and Public Works employee Dawn McEwin (Askin).
  • Later this morning, Finley will talk defence and procurement strategy at a lunch co-hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.
  • On the west coast, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel shares the latest details on the "new $53 billion New Building Canada Plan" during an address to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
  • Elsewhere in the province, Industry Minister James Moore teams up with New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for an announcement on the Green Municipal Fund.
  • Back east, meanwhile, Justice Minister Peter MacKay heads to Halifax to deliver fresh federal support for the Nova Scotia branch of Canadian Parents for French, while Fisheries Minister Gail Shea leads a "business mission" to Boston for the 2014 Seafood Expo.
  • Finally, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq appears before the World Trade Organization Appellate Body at the organization's world headquarters in Geneva, where she will, according to the advisory, "defend Canada's interest in light of the European Union's unfair ban on seal products." 
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