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Ukraine President Poroshenko to deliver House address

Parliament Hill rolls out the red carpet for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, who is scheduled to deliver a mid-afternoon speech to MPs, senators and other dignitaries in the House of Commons Chamber, followed by an address to the anticipated crowd of Ukraine supporters at a Euromaidan Ottawa-organized welcome rally on the parliamentary lawn.

Before that gets underway, however, Poroshenko will be whisked away to a private meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and later this evening, he'll meet with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

Also on the visiting VIP circuit today: Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, who will spend much of the day at Rideau Hall, talking "research, trade and innovation" with Johnston and other invited guests, and eventually planting a ceremonial tree on the grounds.   

Back on the Hill, despite the Commons being shuttered for Poroshenko's visit, the parties are set to hold their regular Wednesday morning caucus confabs.

Before New Democrats retreat behind closed doors to talk strategy, however, party leader Tom Mulcair will join long-time New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer as he makes an otherwise unspecified announcement on his political future.  

Later this morning, the Parliamentary Budget Office will release a new report on the potential cost of imposing toll costs on the replacement for the Champlain Bridge.

Finally, the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee reconvenes to hear from a final round of witnesses before wrapping up its 'pre-study' of the government's proposed prostitution bill rewrite.

On the speaking list today: Bedford lawyer Alan Young, who headed up the case that ultimately resulted in Supreme Court striking down the current laws, Canadian Police Association president Tom Stamatakis, and lawyer Georgialee Lang.

Outside the precinct:

    • Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson talks up his government's plans to "create jobs and economic growth" at the annual meeting of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association.
    • On the west coast, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson will be on hand in Esquimalt to welcome HMCS Regina back to Canada following her return from an eight-month deployment in supports of Operations Artemis and Reassurance.
    • Industry Minister James Moore treks to Washington, DC, where he'll visit the Google offices as part of a campaign to "highlight Canada's strong record of attracting investment," as well as remind Americans "why Canada continues to be the number one in the country to do business."

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