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UPDATED - Raitt to outline government response to rail safety recommendations

Three months after the Transportation Safety Board released three initial recommendations emanating from its ongoing investigation into last year's horrific derailment in Lac-Megantic, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will outline how her government intends to "address" the issue.

Raitt's announcement will take place less than an hour before the members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Rail Safety Working Group --- which includes Lac Megantic Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche -- are scheduled to gather at a downtown Ottawa hotel to "analyze recent progress made by the federal government."

It also comes in just under the 90-day deadline that her government had to prepare its response to the recommendations, which were issued on January 23, 2014. 

UPDATE: According to a just-in advisory from the New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair has summoned reporters to a mid-morning press conference just outside the PM's Langevin offices, during which he will apparently share his latest musings on "the most recent allegations involving the Prime Minister's staff in the Senate scandal."

On the Hill today:

World Vision Canada president Dave Toycen and senior organization officials will update reporters on the "current reality" on the one year anniversary of the collapse of a Bangladesh factory that killed at least 1,135 garment workers, which will include the release of a new poll on Canadian consumer behavior, as well as a call for more action to "combat child labour and unsafe working conditions."

Later this morning, New Democrat MP Paul Dewar takes the stage at the National Press Theatre, where he'll launch a new plea for the government to back "peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic."

Out and about on the ministerial circuit:

  • Justice Minister and, as today's notice reminds us, regional minister for Nova Scotia Peter MacKay hits the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax , where, alongside representatives from Emera and the provincial governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, he will "highlight" his government's "support for clean energy in Atlantic Canada."
  • Meanwhile, in Montreal, Finance Minister Joe Oliver continues his cross-country speaking tour with a lunch at the local board of trade, while in Sainte-Claire, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney hands out fresh federal cash to a local industrial equipment manufacturer.
  • Moving west to Windsor, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch teams up with local MP Jeff Watson to deliver "an important announcement about advancing economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs and professionals."
  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney drops in on Winnipeg's Red River College, where he'll join his provincial counterpart to share the latest news on his efforts to "help Manitoba residents get jobs."
  • In Saskatoon, International Trade Minister Ed Fast kicks off his day with a visit to Canpotex headquarters, where he'll lift the curtain on what the advisory bills as "an important announcement related to Canada's potash sector" before heading off to a lunch hosted by the local business association, where he'll share good news on new support for "a local organization's efforts to create jobs."
  • Maternal, newborn and child health will be on the agenda at the University of Alberta's School of Public Health, where Health Minister Rona Ambrose will reveal a new project and "demonstrate the new ImmunizeCA smart phone app."
  • Both Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay and Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong have events scheduled in their home province of British Columbia, where Findlay is slated to unveil still more money for "market-leading aerospace research and development" during a stop at Delta-based Avorp Industries, and Wong doles out federal funding in Richmond.

On the out-of-town opposition front, London New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen will join her party's campaign to target individual Conservative MPs over the upcoming vote on the government's election law rewrite by holding a press conference at the main gates of the University of Western Ontario to urge local MP Susan Truppe to vote nay on C-23.

Finally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes an appearance on the pre-byelection hustings of Trinity Spadina, where he'll tour the "Business out of the Box" model at the Scadding Court Community Centre. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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

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