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CRA charity audits on the agenda at House finance committee

As reported by CBC on Monday, MPs on the House of Commons finance committee are back in the parliamentary precinct today, courtesy of a formal request filed by New Democrat revenue critic Murray Rankin, who wants the committee to consider conducting full hearings into what he describes as "allegedly aggressive auditing of certain Canadian charities" by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The meeting is currently slated to take place behind closed doors, but that could change if members vote to open it up.

Either way, Rankin will share his concerns with reporters during pre- and post-meeting media availabilities.

Before that gets underway, however, the Transportation Safety Board will unveil its final report on the 2013 Lac-Megantic train derailment, which will be released later this morning at a press conference at the Lac-Megantic Golf Club.

New Democrat transport critic Hoang Mai will offer his thoughts on the findings during a midday appearance at the National Press Theatre.

UPDATE - According to a just-in notice, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will hold a joint press conference to respond to the report later this morning.

Outside the precinct, the Canadian Medical Association continues its annual conference with an "election readiness" session with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, as well as discussions on "ensuring quality of end-of-life care for Canadians now and in the future."

Elsewhere on the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair chats with local media during a midday appearance at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, in Edmonton, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off his party's annual summer caucus retreat by breakfasting with MPs and "Alberta Co-operatives" before heading into full day of strategy sessions, as well as a joint meeting with party officials, including the board of directors and the National Election Readiness Team.

Once official caucus business has wrapped up for the day, Trudeau will head to Louise McKinney Park for an evening rally with "Liberal supporters."

Also out and about today:

    • International Development Minister Christian Paradis delivers federal funding for what the advisory characterizes as a "new vocation for Thetford Mines' King Mine" -- The Musée minéralogique et minier.
    • Finance Minister Joe Oliver takes his economic growth and job creation driver-highlighting speaking tour to London, where he's scheduled to hold a "business roundtable."
    • In Scarborough, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander drops by a citizenship ceremony to make an otherwise unspecified announcement, and welcome "approximately 100 new citizens," with his junior cabinet colleague Lynne Yelich slated to hold a similar event in Mississauga.
    • Elsewhere in the province, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan outlines his government's support for a "restoration project in Bradford West Gwillimbury," which will "protect and improve recreational fisheries habitat."
    • Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder has back-to-back events in Sarnia, starting with a stop at Lambton College, where he'll "provide details" on a "new partnership" between the school and "local businesses," followed by a tour of the Bowman Centre accelerator, which, the notice explains, "provides industry and R&D expertise to help Sarnia businesses bring green products to market faster."
    • Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford spends a second day out and about in Red Lake -- this time, at the local airport, which will soon be on the receiving end of fresh load of federal cash.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover brings glad tidings to the Saint-Boniface Museum, and new money earmarked for "skills training and job opportunities" for local youth.
    • Finally, Justice Minister Peter MacKay teams up with Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay for yet another "criminal justice roundtable" -- this time, in Vancouver, with a pre-meeting media availability and a post-confab teleconference for reporters back in Ottawa on the itinerary as well.

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day.

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