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UPDATED: John Baird, Marc Garneau show support for Israel at Ottawa rally

UPDATE:  In what is being billed by the organizers as a 'sign of unity', Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Liberal MP Marc Garneau will share the stage at an Ottawa rally to support the people of Israel.

According to the notice, the event is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, "in collaboration with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs," and will include a "live feed" from the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto.


The Parliamentary Budget Office is set to reveal the results of its review of the "fiscal materiality" of sick leave within the federal service, which was conducted at the request of New Democrat MP Paul Dewar, and will be posted to the parliamentary website this morning.

Although Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette is not scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss his findings, his staff will, according to the media advisory, be on hand to "brief interested persons."

Outside the precinct, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz makes himself available to reporters following the release of the latest monetary policy report and overnight rate.

Out and about on the ministerial circuit:

    • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt joins New Brunswick Premier David Alward and Clare-Digby MHA Gordon Wilson at the Bay Ferries Terminal in Saint John, where the trio will share news on ferry services in "Eastern Canada."
    • Also in New Brunswick today: Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore, who will pay a visit to Dieppe-based Imperial Manufacturing to "unveil" a "strengthened commitment to innovation and commercialization," presumably in the form of federal funding.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz teams up with his provincial counterpart Ron Kostyshyn for an announcement on their governments' respective and collective support for the "bioproducts sector," which will be delivered at the Composites Innovation Centre.
    • Finally, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander provides more details on the Start-up Visa Program during a stop at Vancouver's GrowLab, while elsewhere in the province, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal kicks off the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Tournament at Softball City in Surrey.

Meanwhile, on the opposition front, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's cross-country train trip hits Montreal, where she'll take part in a whistle stop rally at the train station before proceeding onwards to Fredericton for her party's annual convention.

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