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House of Commons to pay tribute to Jim Flaherty during special session

After shutting down early yesterday afternoon in the wake of the sudden, tragic news that swept the Hill just before Question Period was scheduled to get underway, the Commons reopens this morning to give MPs on all sides of the House the opportunity to pay tribute to their former colleague, Jim Flaherty.

Speeches are expected to get underway shortly after 10am, after which the House will likely agree to rise for the two-week Easter recess.

On the ministerial circuit:

    • Justice Minister Peter MacKay drops by the Dartmouth North Community Centre to unveil a new "crime prevention" initiative.
    • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford speaks to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, while Quebec City, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney talks to "victims of crime" on his government's latest legislative initiative, the Victims' Bill of Rights before heading back to Levis to deliver a fresh installment of federal support for local business TelFlex Technologies Inc.
    • Elsewhere in the province, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel doles out still more financial assistance in Chicoutimi and Dolbeau-Mistassini.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announces new money for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
    • In Saskatchewan, Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel shows her support for the Western Canadian manufacturing sector during a visit to the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute in Humboldt.
    • South of the border, Finance Minister Joe Oliver attends G20 meetings in Washington, DC.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau heads to Vancouver to tout what the advisory describes as "a real and fair chance to succeed" via "middle class and economic growth" at a lunch hosted by the local board of trade.

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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