Inside Politics

Orders of the Day - It's Friday on the Hill, and you know the drill ...

: a short day in the Commons, no House committees, and by mid-afternoon, you'll be able to fire a cannon down the Hall of Honour without risk of provoking another byelection call.
 
NDP Leader Jack Layton makes an announcement on the possible takeover of Potash Corp, after which he heads off to Montreal, where he will meet with members of the Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses' at a conference at which Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe is also scheduled to appear. Dashing the hopes of Conservative Party InfoAlerte drafters hungry for fresh coalition fear-mongering fodder, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will not, alas, be be on hand for an ad hoc three-way photo op: he's in northern Ontario, where he'll tour the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout, meet with the Lac Seul First Nations Band in Frenchman's Head, and eventually wend his way to Dryden for an Open Mike town hall.

Fresh from yesterday's good news conference on the kiboshing of the poppy tax, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty heads home to Whitby for a joint announcement with representatives from the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts. 

He's not the only minister on the out-of-Ottawa media circuit: International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan touts Canadian-Indian trade relations in Toronto, Minister of State for Seniors Diane Ablonczy takes part in a National Seniors Council roundtable at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, and on the West Coast, Minister of State for Sport Gary Lunn unveils funding for a program to prevent substance-impaired driving amongst youth, and Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose will make an announcement on missing and murdered aboriginal women at the Vancouver Police Department.

Meanwhile, back in Ottawa, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq talks pandemic preparedness with the Senate social affairs committee, and the rest of us count down the hours til we can flee for the weekend, while keeping one nervous eye on the berry inbox in fear that a sudden burst of news will scotch our plans to duck out early to hit the mall in search of the increasingly elusive not-entirely-indecent Hallowe'en costume. Okay, that may be just me, but still -- fingers crossed, everyone!   

As always, keep an eye on the ticker for updates!
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