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Montreal sex workers to push for 'rebalancing' of prostitution bill debate

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau heads out on a tour of the South Shore of Montreal, beginning with a morning roundtable at the Rive-Sud  Chamber of Commerce and Industry, followed by a mid-morning visit to a local legion hall and other stops throughout the day, with local Liberal candidates joining the campaign-style convoy along the way.

Also in Montreal today: an ad hoc coalition of sex workers and "allied communities", including representatives from Stella, Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec, l'Association québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues and Simone de Beauvoir Institute Professor Viviane Namaste, hold a press conference to, in their words, "rebalance the upcoming Senate debate on prostitution laws" in advance of next week's pre-study hearings at the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee.

Also out and about today:

    • Justice Minister Peter MacKay teams up with Nova Scotia communities minister Tony Ince at the Memory Lane Heritage Village Clam Factory, where the duo will share the details of new funding to support tourism in the region.
    • Meanwhile, in Halifax, Labour Minister Kellie Leitch co-chairs a meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts.
    • Finance Minister Joe Oliver will be the star attraction at a Chamber of Commerce-hosted lunch in Ajax, after which he'll make himself available to the media.
    • Elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal attends a "media event" at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House in Scarborough.
    • Finally, Industry Minister James Moore hits the stage in front of the Vancouver Board of Trade, where he'll outline his government's "commitment to removing barriers to internal trade."

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