A royal feast

CBC producer extraordinaire Chris Rands got a peek at the menu for Thursday's dinner at Rideau Hall with William and Kate. 

William's first speech to Canada

Prince William, who is in line to be Canada's king one day, delivered his first remarks in Canada Thursday. They were brief, but judging by the reaction from the estimated 8,000 people who'd spent hours waiting for he and wife Kate Middleton, very well received.

Read the text of his remarks as delivered - and with our translation - after the jump....

Question of the Day

Power & Politics: The War Room podcast (June 30, 2011)

On today's Power & Politics: The War Room podcast:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge begin their first official visit to Canada.  Fans are already lining the streets, excited to get a glimpse of the royal couple.  But not everyone is thrilled. The Quebec Resistance Network is planning a protest during the couple's Quebec City visit.

We take a closer look at all the risks and benefits of a royal visit with Jaime Watt of Navigator Limited, Marcella Munro of Earnscliffe Strategy and Tim Murphy of McMillan. Julien Gaudreau, Quebec Resistance Network Spokesperson, also joins The War Room.

Full audio after the jump...

Orders of the Day - WillandKatementum is building!

To a fever pitch, even, as Ottawa counts down the hours -- practically minutes, even, at this point -- to the arrival of the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus, who will touch down on Canadian soil at 2 p.m. this afternoon, where they will be greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird -- who, adorably, is bringing his mother, Marianne -- as well as various local dignitaries, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, RCMP Commissioner Bill Elliott and Liberal MP David McGuinty. 

Hit the jump for the full post. 

Parliament Hill Ticker - Thursday, June 30, 2011

For all the latest news, views, rumours and musings from Parliament Hill, follow our all-day ticker -- and for the next nine days, you can also find full coverage of the Royal Visit here.  

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How The Grinch Stole Canada Day ... in Washington, DC.

As this nation's capital battens down the hatches in benign preparation for the swarm of Maple Leaf-flag draped revelers that will fill the streets of Ottawa this Friday, Canadians living and working south of the border have found themselves abruptly unexpectedly -- and, as far as anyone can tell, unprecedentedly -- uninvited to what was, until this year, one of the most keenly anticipated events on the local expat social calendar -- the annual July 1st festivities at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.   

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Question of the Day

Power and Politics: The War Room podcast (June 29, 2011)

On today's Power & Politics: The War Room podcast:

The owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange stays out of international hands after a proposed deal to merge TMX Group and London Stock Exchange is terminated. What does the collapsed merger mean for Canada?

The War Room delves into the politics of the stock market with former Conservative Cabinet Minister Stockwell Day, John Duffy of Strategy Corp and Ian Capstick of MediaStyle. 

Full audio after the jump...

Orders of the Day - The Calm Before The (Royal) Storm

As the Hill prepares to shut down for the Canada Day long weekend -- yes, already -- NDP MP Peter Julian hits the stage at the National Press Theatre to remind us all of his party's deep concern over the proposed merger of the London and Toronto stock exchanges, and specifically, what they expect the government to do to ensure that any such arrangement would be "in the best interests of Canadians." 

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