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Orders of the Day - Welcome to Hodge-Podge Thursday!

You know how sometimes, there's sort of a theme that runs through the events of the day, or at least a few recurring plotlines? Well, sometimes there isn't, and that's the sort of Thursday that we seem to be having. 

According to an advisory from the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, he'll be making an "important announcement" - the details of which are, alas, left tantalizingly unmentioned -- later this morning, but according to various media reports, it will involve tougher sanctions against North Korea.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty holds a joint press conference with Defence Minister Peter MacKay this morning, and although the advisory is similarly vague, the venue kind of gives it away, in fact, since it's unlikely that they'd be heading out to the Bells Corners Royal Canadian Legion headquarters to not waive the HST on Remembrance Day poppies. I mean, the NDP is already organizing a follow-up newser to take credit for the move, for heaven's sake.

Back on the Hill, the parallel track investigation of security at the G8/20 summit continues at Government Operations, which will hear from one of the very same witnesses that appeared before Public Safety earlier this week: Alfonse MacNeil, who headed up operations for the RCMP's integrated security unit, who will be joined by financial officer Alain Seguin, along with representatives from CSIS, Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Over at Human Resources, Minister Finley discusses her bill to prevent prisoners from collecting old age security benefits without cutting off their non-incarcerated spouses and spousal equivalents.
 
Later this morning, Michael Chong gets his first opportunity to defend his proposal to reform Question Period before Procedure and House Affairs, which has six months to study the issues raised by his private members' motion before reporting back to the House, while over at Public Accounts, Auditor General Sheila Fraser will field questions on her most recent report; Transport and Infrastructure Minister Chuck Strahl explains the "vision and priorities" that underpin his portfolio to Industry, and the Health committee wraps up its study of the impact of microwaves on human health.

This afternoon, Ethics takes a break from bickering over the possible conflicts of interest that may confront the prime minister's chief-of-staff-to-be for just long enough to get a briefing on the privacy implications of Google Street View-style camera surveillance, and Defence will hear what the Chief of the Air Force has to say about the next generation of fighter aircraft. 

Meanwhile, back in the House, the anti-human smuggling bill is in the spotlight for a second day.

That's it for the moment -- don't forget to check out today's EKOS analysis, and keep an eye on the ticker for updates!
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