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Justin Trudeau in SK to talk 'water and infrastructure', visit folk festival

After spending the last days off the public radar, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pops up in Regina, where he's set to join his party's sole Saskatchewan MP, Ralph Goodale, as well as "local experts" for a a closed-door confab on "water and infrastructure."

Later this afternoon, he'll make an appearance at the Saskatoon Folk Festival.

On the ministerial circuit:

    • Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt spends the day touring his home province of New Brunswick, where he'll join provincial environment minister Danny Soucy and local MP Mike Allen for an "important infrastructure event" later this morning, and then head to Grand Falls to do the honours on behalf of his government at the official opening of ExpoMONDE, "the international showcase of the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien."
    • Elsewhere in the province, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz continues his East Coast tour with a stop at the Napan Agricultural Show, where, alongside Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon, he'll deliver good news for the local blueberry sector.
    • Also in New Brunswick today: Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, who, much like her colleagues, will team up with the closest Conservative MP -- in her case, John Williamson -- as well as unnamed "local officials" to "celebrate the completion of major harbour construction and upgrade projects at Seal Cove."
    • Back in Ontario, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley -- who, curiously, is styled simply as "MP Diane FInley" in the official notice to media -- is also expected to outline the government's efforts towards "refurbishment" of a small craft harbour in Port Dover.
    • Meanwhile, Justice Minister Peter MacKay makes himself available to reporters in Brampton after going behind closed doors for a "roundtable discussion on criminal justice issues" -- his second such outing in southern Ontario this week -- while Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander holds a "roundtable discussion" of his own in Kitchener, during which the Start-up Visa program will, according to the advisory, be high on the list of topics to cover.
    • Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder joins Government House Leader Peter Van Loan at the Lassonde Mining Building at the University of Toronto, where the pair will share the details of a fresh load of funding earmarked for "young world-class researchers studying at Canadian universities," while in Mississauga, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal provides an update on Gymnastics Canada and the 2014 Senior Pan American Gymnastics Championships.
    • Finally, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay shows her government's support for "arts and heritage in Regina" during a stop at New Dance Horizons.

Back in the capital, the Parliamentary Budget Office releases a new report that, according to its title, will look at "performance budgeting during recent fiscal consolidation," which will be posted to the PBO website later this morning.

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