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Supreme Court set to rule on Senate reform

As the Hill holds its collective breath in advance of today's historic Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform -- which, for those who want to watch the clock along with the rest of us, is scheduled to drop at approximately 9:45 AM ET -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Kitchener, where he'll take part in a noon-hour "moderated" Q&A session with members of the Greater Kitchener and Cambridge Chambers of Commerce.

Elsewhere on the ministerial good news circuit, from east to west:

  • In Charlottetown, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen will do the honours on behalf of her government at a signing ceremony to mark "a five-year investment in affordable housing" throughout the province.
  • Meanwhile, in Mississauga, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford hits the stage at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Spring Event, where he will, according to the advisory, "discuss Canada's unprecedented resource wealth, the government's plan for Responsible Resource Development and the importance of market diversification to Canada's economy."
  • Elsewhere in Ontario, Treasury Board President Tony Clement drops by the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre to chat with "local stakeholders" and outline new federal cash to bolster job creation in his riding of Parry Sound -- Muskoka.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch pays a visit to the Klinic Community Health Centre, where she is slated to deliver an "important announcement, while in Calgary, Finance MInister Joe Oliver speaks at an Economic Club of Canada breakfast.
  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney spends the day in Vancouver, where he'll stop by local social services and settlement services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S. with fresh federal support to "help internationally trained workers get their credentials recognized and find jobs in their fields more quickly," and then make his way to a nearby WorkBC Employment Services Centre to unveil "an important initiative to help British Columbian residents with disabilities get jobs."

On the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is in Kingston, where he'll deliver a closed-door speech to the local chamber of commerce before heading to Queen's University to give the annual Donald Gow Lecture.

Finally, Governor General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon, will be among those gathered at the Congregation Machzikei Hadas to pay tribute to the late Herb Gray. 

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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