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'Digital Canada 150' set to be unveiled in Waterloo

As the parliamentary work week draws to a close, the House will devote the remaining half-day to further debate on the spring omnibudget bill, which is expected to go up for a second reading vote early next week.

Later this afternoon, the Commons spotlight will fall on Conservative backbencher Blaine Calkins, whose bid to ensure secret ballots for union certification/decertification votes is currently under report stage review.

Outside the capital, Industry Minister James Moore makes an appearance at OpenText headquarters in Waterloo, where he will raise the curtain on what he's billing, in his pre-release tweeted teasers, as "Digital Canada 150."

Back in Toronto, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt shares "breakfast remarks" on "the current outlook for Canadian oil and gas," as well as "energy market diversification," at an investment symposium hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Scotiabank.

Elsewhere in Toronto, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander follows his predecessor's lead, and drops by a local naturopathy centre to highlight, once again, new budget measures that will exempt alternative health treatments such as acupuncture and homeopathy from the GST/HST.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford heads north to Kenora to deliver fresh federal support to the Seven Generations Education Institute.

Also on the ministerial circuit today:

    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea returns to her home province of Prince Edward Island to attend an "important infrastructure event" at Maplewood Manor in Alberton.
    • Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel pays a visit to the University of Alberta Farm, where she's set to unveil her government's latest efforts to "create new market opportunities for animal nutrition producers."
    • Finally, Employment and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney makes his way to Whistler, where he'll speak at the national conference of the Canadian Home Builders' Association.
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