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MInister visits North Bay shooting club as Liberals talk 'PMO ethics scandal'

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney drops by the Rockcut Shooting Club in North Bay to deliver an otherwise unspecified "announcement," which, given the venue and his portfolio, seems likely to be related to firearms regulation.

Back in the parliamentary precinct, Liberal MP Geoff Regan hits the stage at the National Press Theatre to discuss "developments" in what his party unfailingly refers to as "the PMO Ethics Scandal involving Mike Duffy."

Also on the Hill today: Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who will pose for photos as part of the "side dedication ceremony" for the War of 1812 Monument to be erected near the statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the East Block lawn.

(According to the notice, reporters are "invited to take part in the photo op only," which suggests the minister isn't planning to open the floor for questions.)

Later today, Glover will make an appearance at the opening ceremony of the 6th Francophone Games in Gatineau. 

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs James Bezan and Ted Opitz will provide an update on Canada's "support for human rights" after co-hosting a roundtable with "the local Ukrainian community" in Optiz's home riding of Etobicoke.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

    • Against the backdrop of the Quidi Vidi River in St. John's, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea will "share details" on her government's latest "investments" in Newfoundland and Labrador, including funding for "restoration projects [...] to protect and improve recreational fisheries habitat."
    • Back on the mainland, Treasury Board President Tony Clement delivers a new installment of federal cash for his home riding of Parry Sound during a visit to Bearly Used Books.
    • Elsewhere in Ontario, Labour Minister Kellie Leitch ferries still more federal funding to Alliston, where she will reveal her government's latest efforts to support "history and heritage" during a visit to the Museum on the Boyne.
    • Moving west to Alberta, Conservative MP and tireless autism advocate Mike Lake will be front and centre at Calgary's Ability Hub as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel unveils new money earmarked to "support employment opportunities in the Information Technology sector for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz starts his day by detailing fresh support for the blueberry sector at Maple Ridge-basd Silver Valley Farms before heading to Whistler to give a keynote speech at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Summit.
    • Finally, in Vancouver, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt teams up with "funding partners" to "celebrate the official opening of the Powell Street Grade Separation and South Shore Corridor."

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