Inside Politics

Jason Kenney talks temporary foreign workers with provincial counterparts

After four days of back-to-back hearings on the government's proposed rewrite of Canada's prostitution law, the House justice committee gets a much-deserved three-day break before reconvening next week to begin the painstaking clause-by-clause review process.

The solitary blip on the political radar as the week draws to a close would seem to be the looming Supreme Court decision in the Grassy Narrows First Nation case, which deals with treaty rights and resource development, and is expected to be released this morning.

Outside the precinct, Employment Minister Jason Kenney joins his provincial and territorial counterparts in Charlottetown, where "skills training and labour market challenges," as well as the embattled Temporary Foreign Workers program, are expected to top the agenda during the closed-door session.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Joe Oliver joins Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for what the advisory bills as "an important infrastructure event" at Toronto Transit Commission headquarters.

After that event wraps up, Oliver will make his way to Nathan Phillips Square, where Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will kick off the "one-year countdown" to the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

Elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal will be front and centre at the grand opening of the Night it UP! Night Market -- which the notice describes as "a three-night celebration of Asian lifestyle, culture and beliefs with a Canadian spin" -- in Markham, as well as the annual gala of the Canadian Confederation of Fujian Associations.

Also on the ministerial good news circuit today:Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney will do the honours at the official opening of Residence Saint-Gabriel in Quebec City. 

On the opposition front, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is in Edmonton, where, alongside local NDP MP Linda Duncan, he'll tour a Metis Capital Housing development and an energy efficiency retrofit project at the University of Alberta before hitting the streets for a "mainstreeting" session along the Strathcona Art Walk.

Liberal MPs John McCallum and Kristy Duncan team up with local Liberal candidate Jane Philpott for a roundtable discussion on the cuts to the federal refugee health program, which will take place at the Rexdale Community Centre.

On the west coast, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's "coast-to-coast Green Train Tour" is set to get underway after a send-off rally in downtown Vancouver.


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