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Justin Trudeau in Whitby-Oshawa as byelection voters head to the polls

As the House of Commons reopens for business after the week-long Remembrance Day recess, all eyes will be on Whitby - Oshawa and Yellowhead as byelection voters head to the polls to fill the seats left vacant by the death of former Conservative MP Jim Flaherty and retired Conservative minister Rob Merrifield, respectively.

Although both seats are expected to stay blue, the race in Whitby-Oshawa has, by at least some accounts, resulted in a surprisingly close race, which may explain why Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be front and centre at the election night rally for his party's candidate,  Celina Caesar-Chavannes.

 Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to St. John's, where incumbent NDP MP Ryan Cleary's nomination will be confirmed this evening.    

Back in the Chamber, the first item on the parliamentary agenda is NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan's pitch for a national poverty reduction plan.

Once that wraps up, MPs will switch to the government's latest suggested tweaks to the rules and regulations governing Canadian agriculture, which is now back from committee and ready for report stage debate -- as is the Veterans Hiring Act, which could also hit the floor of the House on Monday if time allows.  

On the committee front:

    • Finance begins its examination of the fall omnibus budget bill with an extended three-hour session, during which MPs will hear from a wide variety of interested parties, including the Canadian Media Production Association, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Canadian Polar Commission and the International Arctic Science Committee.  
    • The same bill is on the agenda at Citizenship and Immigration, where members will focus on the provisions related to federal-provincial fiscal arrangements -- and specifically, a proposal to allow provincial governments to set minimum residence requirements in order to access social assistance, which critics say will target newly settled refugees.
    • Finally, the government's bid to crack down on safe injection sites goes to clause-by-clause review at Justice.

Outside the precinct,  Canadian Heritage Minster Shelly Glover joins Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Ottawa MP Royal Galipeau at the downtown Library and Archives Canada to share the latest news on the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

Before that gets underway, however, Galipeau is also slated to make an appearance in his Orleans riding alongside Industry Minister James Moore at ING Robotic Aviation, where the pair is expected to show their government's stalwart support for "aerospace innovation and technology."

Elsewhere in the capital, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen celebrates Financial Literacy Month with a visit to the Meridian Credit Union offices to launch a "new online tool to help Canadians apply for Registered Education Savings Plans."

 Also out and about on the ministerial circuit:

    • National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay reveals how her government is "taking action to combat the harm caused by those who participate in the underground economy" during a stop at the Canada Revenue Agency's Toronto Centre Tax Services Office Training Centre.  
    • Also in Toronto today: both Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch are expected to  speak at the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association annual conference.
    • Finally, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario Gary Goodyear makes his way to the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University with a fresh load of federal cash earmarked for Southern Ontario manufacturers.

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