Inside Politics

PM back on the summer circuit with events in Air Ronge, Saskatoon

After maintaining a relatively low public profile for the last few weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Air Ronge, where he'll join Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel and local MP Rob Clarke for an announcement at Northlands College's satellite campus before heading to Saskatoon for a "Members Event" at Prairieland Park.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt makes her way to Windsor, where, in conjunction with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, she'll make "an important announcement" on the Detroit River International Crossing, which, according to CBC Windsor, may include the creation of a high-level committee to oversee the next phase in the construction of a billion dollar bridge between the two cities.

Back on the Hill, New Democrat employment insurance and ACOA critics Robert Aubin and Ryan Cleary hit the stage at the National Press Theatre to share their respective and collective views on the "impacts" of recent EI changes.

Also out and about today:

    • Justice Minister Peter MacKay heads to Caribou Ferry Wharf with a fresh installment of federal cash for the local ferry terminal, as well as "details" on "the [government's] plans to repair and improve small craft harbours" throughout the province.
    • In Toronto, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson will unveil the membership of the newly created National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy, which will, according to the advisory, "provide leadership and guidance to assist the Financial Literacy Leader in developing and implementing a national strategy on financial literacy."
    • International Development Minister Christian Paradis continues his western tour in Winnipeg, where he's set to announce "a new project aimed at strengthening multi-party democracy in Ukraine" following a "roundtable discussion" with representatives from the local Ukrainian-Canadian community.
    • On the west coast, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover drops by Vancouver's Hall of Heroes with news on the commemoration of the First and Second World Wars.

Finally, erstwhile Trinity - Spadina byelection candidate Joe Cressy holds a press conference in Nathan Phillips Square, where he's widely expected to declare his intention to run for the Trinity - Spadina council seat previously held by the man who won the byelection in question, newly sworn in Liberal MP Adam Vaughan.

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