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NDP mailings back in the spotlight at House committee

As reported elsewhere on, the committee looking into the alleged misuse of parliamentary resources by New Democrat MPs will hold a special evening session to hear from three senior House officials. 

Deputy law clerk Richard Denis, deputy House clerk Marc Bosc and chief financial officer Mark Watters will lay out the options available to recover more than $36,000 in expenses related to mass mailings deemed inappropriate by the all-party Board of Internal Economy.

Before that gets underway, however, MPs are set to retreat behind closed doors for one last round of weekly caucus confabs before the House rises for the summer --all, that is, but the New Democrats, who have invited reporters to attend a special presentation by former Progressive Conservative MP Patrick Boyer, author of Our Scandalous Senate, a new book on the Senate expense scandal.

Later this evening, Boyer and his book will be feted with a launch party at the Parliament Pub.

Also this morning:

    • New Democrat LGBT critic Randall Garrison joins fellow MPs Libby Davies and Craig Scott at the Centre Block press theatre, where the trio will present their party's "pride legislation."
    • Members of the Senate agriculture and forestry committee release a new report on research and innovation within the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Back in the Chamber, MPs will vote on the government's bid to crack down on InSite-inspired drug treatment facilities, which has been languishing at second reading since last fall, before returning to the anti-landmines bill, which should wrap up third reading by the end of the day, which would set the stage for third reading approval on Thursday.

Later this afternoon, Finance Minister Joe Oliver will make himself available to reporters following a virtual meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts, which will be conducted using CIsco's Telepresence collaboration software.

Outside the capital, Fed Dev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear heads to Kingston for the annual general meeting of the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May hits the hustings in Trinity -- Spadina, where she'll team up with byelection hopeful Camille Labchuk to share the details of her party's commitment to rail safety, and hare her thoughts on the "Conservative cabinet's approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline."

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