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Former PMs join forces with indigenous leaders to launch 'major' partnership push

Former prime ministers Joe Clark and Paul Martin are set to join former Assembly of First Nations national chief Ovide Mercredi, former Northwest Territories premier Stephen Kakfwi and other aboriginal leaders for the launch of what is being billed as a "major new organization dedicated to fostering a new partnership between Canada and its Indigenous people."

According to the notice, today's proceedings will begin with the ceremonial signing of a new declaration, which will take place at the Canadian Museum of History, which will be followed by a mid-morning press conference at the National Press Theatre, and will conclude with a lunch at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, during which former auditor general Sheila Fraser and Justice Murray Sinclair, as well as others, will speak.   

On the ministerial circuit:

    • In Toronto, Finance Minister Joe Oliver will make himself available to the media after a closed-door meeting with his "newly appointed" Economic Advisory Council.
    • ACOA Minister Rob Moore teams up with Nova Scotia MP (and parliamentary secretary) Gerald Keddy to deliver back-to-back funding announcements at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Queen's County Fair in Caledonia.
    • Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino makes his way to Vaudreuil-Dorion to present 19 "distinguished Canadians" with official ministerial commendations "in recognition of their exemplary efforts on behalf of Canada's Veterans and their families."
    • International Development Minister Christian Paradis heads to Vancouver, where, alongside Canadian Red Cross Secretary General Conrad Sauve, he'll share news on "Canada's leadership in response to humanitarian crises across the globe."

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair wraps up his three-day trip to Iqaluit with an ATV tour of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May takes her town hall tour to Mayne Island.

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