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PM, GG set to greet last wave of troops returning from Afghanistan

The PM will mark the formal conclusion of Canada's decade-long mission in Afghanistan by leading a welcome party to the Ottawa airport to greet the final wave of returning troops, with Governor General David Johnston, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Defence Chief General Thomas Lawson also expected to be in attendance.

Later today, he'll make his way to Markham for the Canadian Women's Hockey League Awards Gala.

Elsewhere on the Southern Ontario ministerial circuit today:

    • Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford joins National Research Council president John McDougall for the launch of a "new program to advance Canadian business innovation," and then heads out to tour "Toronto-based health technology companies" and Sciencescape, Inc.
    • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt speaks to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, while her cabinet colleague Kellie Leitch drops by Innovation Guelph with federal support for a project focusing on "improving services for women entrepreneurs."
    • FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear doles out "innovation funds" at Conestoga College in his home riding of Cambridge.

On the opposition hustings, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair takes his "affordability campaign" to Kitchener and Brantford, with a midday stop for a media availability at the Mississauga Town Hall.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the stage at the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

Back on the Hill, New Democrat transport critic Hoang Mai will "address concerns" over how Transport Canada has handled the GM recall.

Moving west, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover joins provincial premier Gary Selinger for an "important infrastructure event" at Winnipeg's Floodway Inlet Control Structure, while in Brandon, Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier attends a "working luncheon" with the local chamber of commerce.

In Edmonton, Minister of State for Multiculturalism Ted Uppal pitches the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties on the "new $53 billion New Building Canada Plan," and, in particular, "what it means for rural Alberta communities."

Finally, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver talks energy exports to Asia at a Canada-China Chamber of Industry and Commerce Association lunch in Vancouver, while a Burnaby-based traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic will serve as backdrop as Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong "highlights support for families" through "new health-related tax relief."

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