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MPs heading home for week-long Victoria Day constituency break

As the House of Commons prepares to shut down for the week-long Victoria Day constituency break, MPs will devote the remaining hours of Chamber time to the government's comparatively non-controversial bid to provide "certain serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces" with "increased access to hiring opportunities" within the public service.

Before MPs head back to their respective ridings, they'll also get the chance to wrap up second-reading debate on NDP MP Tarik Brahmi's proposal to extend health care benefits to veterans.

It's worth noting that, even if he were able to garner the support of the dozen or so Conservative backbenchers required to push it through to committee, Brahmi's bill won't make it to third reading without a ministerial co-sponsor, as the speaker has concluded it would likely impose an additional charge on the public treasury.

Outside the precinct, the RCMP is set to release what is being billed as "the most comprehensive account to date" of Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women -- which will include both police data and numbers from Statistics Canada -- during a mid-morning press conference in Winnipeg.

Later today, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair is scheduled to hold a private tete-a-tete with newly elected Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Also out and about on the pre-Victoria Day political circuit:

    • ACOA Minister Rob Moore drops by the Sussex Tree Nursery with a fresh load of federal support for the New Brunswick forest sector.
    • In Montreal, International Development Minister Christian Paradis will, as the advisory puts it, "emphasize Canada's commitment to help the world's most vulnerable people move from poverty to prosperity" during a lunch session with the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.
    • Elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Science Ed Holder pays a visit to McGill University, where he'll share the details of a new "university-business partnership to better integrate highly skilled researchers into Canadian industries."
    • Back in Toronto, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson teams up with Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch and newly minted Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney to chat with members of the Junior Economic Club of Canada on what is being billed as "the important connection between good financial management and wellness."
    • Finally, in Vancouver, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong doles out another round of funding earmarked for seniors' housing.

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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