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NDP targets Sports Minister Bal Gosal over looming election bill vote

As the second week of the Easter parliamentary recess gets underway, the New Democrats will continue their cross-country campaign to convince Conservative MPs and ministers to vote against the government's proposed election law rewrite when it returns to the Chamber in May.

Under the current House standings, it would take nine Conservative nays to kill the bill, and so, with that crucial number in mind, Toronto New Democrat MP Andrew Cash will pay a pointed visit to Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal's Brampton constituency office, where he will, according to the advisory, call on Gosal to vote nay on C-23.

Gosal is the second Conservative to be singled out for a personalized pitch from the NDP.

Last week, NDP MPs Craig Scott and Charlie Angus teamed up for a day trip to Georgetown, where they held a press conference to issue a similar challenge to local MP Michael Chong, whose backbench bid to rebalance the power dynamics between caucus and leader is scheduled to come up for debate later this spring.

Elsewhere on the out-of-town good news circuit:

    • Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt spends the day out and about in his home province of New Brunswick, where he'll attend a signing ceremony with representatives from the Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation in Red Bank before heading to Moncton to mark the "passing into law" of the First Nations Election Act.
    • Also making an appearance on the East Coast today: Finance Minister Joe Oliver, who is scheduled to speak at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Halifax.
    • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander joins local MP and parliamentary secretary Costas Menegakis at a Richmond Hill shopping centre for what the notice describes as "an update on immigration from China."
    • Moving west, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover will be front and centre at the "grand opening" of a new youth shelter in Winnipeg.
    • Finally, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel gives a rundown on the latest budget, as well as her department's "strategic agenda", during a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Back in Ottawa, the Canadian Climate Forum will celebrate Earth Day by bringing together "experts from a range of fields, including scientists, agency executives" and "policy and decision makers from the public and private sectors" for a two-day symposium on severe weather.

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