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Joe Oliver to reveal latest national securities regulator supporter: Saskatchewan

As reported by CBC News last night, Finance Minister Joe Oliver is set to reveal that at least one more province -- Saskatchewan, to be specific -- has signed on as a putative partner in the government's ongoing efforts to set up a single national securities regulator, with Canadian Press raising the possibility that an additional, unnamed Atlantic province may also be joining the campaign.

According to the advisory, Oliver's announcement -- which will take place in a Centre Block committee room -- will be preceded by an "information briefing for background purposes only" that will require journalists to sign a formal undertaking vowing to abide by the rules prohibiting "attribution or source indication."

Meanwhile, MPs continue to go through the fine print of the government's bid to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws with another full day of testimony from legal experts, academics and activists.

On the witness list for today: The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada; Mothers Against Trafficking Humans, Sex Professionals of Canada; Glasgow law professor Gunilla S. Ekberg; York Regional Police chief Eric Jolliffe; Sextrade101; University of Victoria research associate Chris Atchison; Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED); Georgialee Lang; Prostitutes Involved, Impowered, Cogent - Edmonton; Exploited Voices Now Educating; Northern Women's Connection; the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and PACE Society.

The committee will also go behind closed doors for a 30 minute in camera discussion with York Regional Police vice and drugs detective Thai Truong.

Later this morning, a loose-knit coalition of groups that have come out in support the proposed bill will hold a press conference to reiterate their views.

On the out-of-town ministerial circuit:

    • In Toronto, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird hosts his United Arab Emirates counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the latter wraps up a four-day tour of Canada, and Minister of State for Fed Dev Ontario Gary Goodyear joins Etobicoke MP Bernard Trottier for a tour of local software company Tri-D Technologies Inc.
    • Elsewhere in the province, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford drops off a fresh load of federal assistance for job creation in his home riding of Kenora.
    • Moving east, Minister of State for ACOA Rob Moore's "summer tour of Atlantic Canada" brings him to Newfoundland, where he'll team up with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Clyde Jackman for announcements in St. John's and Marystown.
    • Finally, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay delivers financial support for festivals in the Northwest Territories during a visit to Yellowknife.

Finally, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair makes his way to Manitoba, where he's scheduled to stop by a military flood relief post near Winnipeg.


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