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The end is nigh: House set to shut down for the summer

Employment Minister Jason Kenney will lift the curtain on his long-promised plan to tighten up the rules governing the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program at a mid-afternoon press conference.

(Some of those details, it's worth noting, have already leaked out to the press in advance of today's announcement.) 

Back in the Chamber, meanwhile, the few luckless MPs still on House duty will run down the Commons clock on the final scheduled sitting day before the House automatically adjourns for the summer.

On the agenda for the last day: A final round of second reading debate on the government's proposed 'bill of rights' for victims. 

If time allows, they'll also consider the current iteration of Conservative MP Mark Adler's bid to force staff serving independent parliamentary officers and agents to disclose the details of any past partisan activity, which underwent a substantial rewrite at the committee table.

Also out and about in the capital today: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, who will mark World Refugee Day at Ottawa City Hall, where, alongside representatives from the Office of the UN Commissioner for Refugees and the Refugee Network of Ottawa, he'll share the details of new money "to protect the rights and well-being of refugees and other displaced persons worldwide."

Across the river in Gatineau, Public Works Minister Diane Finley will deliver what the advisory, intriguingly, describes as "a national announcement in support of Canadian innovation, and job creation and economic growth in Canada" during a visit to TekTrap Systems Inc.

Meanwhile, no fewer than three ministers will descend on the Greater Toronto Area: Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, who will outline "new regulations for the identification of dangerous goods in transport," Finance Minister Joe Oliver, who will "welcome a new vessel" -- CCGS Corporal Teather, CV -- to the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet", and Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal, who will do the honours at the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.

Also out and about on the good news circuit today:

    • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford kicks off the annual Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association Conference in St. John's.
    • Back home in the riding, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel cuts the ribbon on new facilities at the Roberval Marina , an event that will take place, the advisory avers, "in the presence of dignitaries."
    • Elsewhere in Ontario, Prime Minister Stephen Harper drops by Kitchener's Communitech Hub to pose for photos with Minister of State for Science Ed Holder
    • Fort Erie's Peace Bridge will serve as backdrop as Defence Minister Rob Nicholson launches a new pilot project to "improve services for NEXUS members"
    • Moving west, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover stops by Winnipeg's Holy Cross School with a fresh installment of federal funding from the Digital Canada 150 envelope.
    • Elsewhere in Manitoba, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen will be on hand at the release of new statistics on homelessness in Winnipeg before making her way to the Portage Ukrainian Nursery School playroom with new support for Canadians with disabilities.
    • Industry Minister James Moore takes his just-launched campaign to eliminate internal trade barriers to Regina, where he'll chat with members of the local chamber of commerce, while in Saskatoon, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich demonstrates her government's commitment to Canada's flax sector.
    • Finally, Western Economic Development Minister Michelle Rempel brings glad tidings, in the form of federal cash, to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she will detail new efforts to "enhance innovation and commercialization opportunities for Alberta's nanotechnology sector."

On the opposition leader front, both New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will hit the GTA byelection hustings.

After a breakfast speech at the Toronto Board of Trade, Mulcair is set to go canvassing with Trinity -- Spadina hopeful Joe Cressy before heading to Scarborough -- Agincourt for an early evening rally in support of NDP candidate Elizabeth Long.

Also Scarborough-bound this evening: Trudeau, who will attend a "meet and greet" at Liberal candidate Arnold Chan's campaign office.

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