Inside Politics

Justin Trudeau hits the hustings in Trinity - Spadina while Tom Mulcair tours BC

As the Victoria Day parliamentary break continues, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will start the second day of his BC tour in Parksville, where he'll hold a mid-morning "meet and greet" at a local coffee shop before making his way to Nanaimo, where, alongside NDP MPs Jean Crowder and Peter Stoffer, he'll take part in a town hall discussion on "standing up for our veterans.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will make an encore appearance on the byelection hustings in Trinity -- Spadina, where he'll pay a visit to Adam Vaughan's campaign headquarters.

Back in the precinct, Liberal MP John McCallum hits the House of Commons Foyer to take questions before "meeting with stakeholders" to talk about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Also on the Hill today: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison, who has convened a press conference to "discuss upcoming cuts to CBC services," and "launch a new campaign to gather support in favour of adequate financing and independence of the national public broadcaster."

On the ministerial circuit:

    • Justice Minister Peter MacKay drops by St. Francis Xavier University to kick off a conference co-hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development.
    • Also out and about in their respective home provinces today: Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, who will dole out another round of small craft harbor funding -- this time, for Stanley Bridge, while Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel will hand over fresh federal cash to Saint-Marc-des-Carrières-based Machitech Inc.
    • Moving west, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will serve as backdrop as Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover gives the opening address at the second annual National Congress on Culture.
    • Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino will be front and centre at a Victoria seniors home as the first Canadian recipients receive their Arctic Star medals, which are awarded by the British government in recognition of service during World War II.
    • In Vancouver, Industry Minister James Moore attends an "important infrastructure event" while Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong shows her government's support for the Joyce Station Area Planning Association.

Finally, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt makes herself virtually available to media via teleconference from Germany, where she's been attending the International Transport Forum's 2014 Summit, an event billed by the advisory, perhaps unnecessarily, as "the only international conference of its kind."


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