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French president Francois Hollande addresses House during state visit

Parliament Hill rolls out the red carpet for visiting French president Francois Hollande, who has a full schedule of official events, starting with a mid-morning address to the House of Commons, which will be followed by a joint media availability with his host, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and eventually, a "business lunch" at a downtown Ottawa hotel, where both leaders are expected to speak.  

Before that gets underway, however, Hollande will "pay tribute to Canadian veterans" during a wreath-laying ceremony alongside Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.

When the Chamber reopens for regular parliamentary business, MPs are scheduled to spend the two and a half hours remaining on the Commons clock engaged in a final round of second reading debate on the fall omnibus budget bill, which will be sent to committee later this week.

Later this evening, NDP MP Dan Harris will get his first opportunity to convince his House colleagues to back his bid to make November 11th --  Remembrance Day --  a national holiday.

On the committee front:

Also on the Hill today: National Capital Region NDP MPs Nycole Turmel, Paul Dewar and Mathieu Ravignat launch "a series of public consultations" on "the mandate, function and structure" of the National Capital Commission.

Outside the precinct, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson delivers a keynote lunch speech at SecureTech, a "public safety, emergency management and security showcase" hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.

Governor General David Johnston honours this year's "History Makers" -- teachers and "other outstanding Canadians" who have made an effort "to further an interest in, and an understanding of Canadian history and heritage" -- with a mid-morning awards ceremony and, later this evening, a gala dinner, which will include a speech by Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.

Later this afternoon, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada will hand out the "prestigious" IMPACT awards to five "leading researchers from Canadian universities."

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

    • Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear teams up with local MP Cheryl Gallant for a tour of the Pembroke MDF Plant, which will serve as both backdrop for, and beneficiary of an "important announcement" related to fresh federal funding. 
    • In London, Industry Minister James Moore touts "the importance of manufacturing" while reiterating his government's "efforts to improve international and domestic trade" during a breakfast speech at the local Chamber of Commerce.
    • Finally, Health Minister Rona Ambrose joins Chief Public Health Officer Gregory Taylor at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, where the pair will deliver an update on Canada's response to the Ebola outbreak.

Elsewhere in the capital, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario holds an embargoed technical briefing in advance of an announcement that, according to the advisory, "could impact the future of healthcare in Canada."


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