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Orders of the Day - Happy Day Before Canada/Dominion Day Eve, Everyone!

You know you're heading into the first official long weekend of summer when the only pre-arranged political event set to unfold on the Hill involves a minister -- in this case, Jason Kenney -- trumpeting the final Senate approval -- in this case, C-31, his bid to reform the refugee system, which was given Royal Assent last night.

According to the advisory, Kenney will take the stage at the National Press Theatre later this morning, where he will "celebrate" its passage by taking questions from the media.

Outside the precinct, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be joined by his parliamentary secretary, Gerald Keddy, at Wilbar Farms in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, where the duo will obligingly deliver their reaction to the much-anticipated WTO ruling on the US 'country of origin' labelling. Also on hand to respond to the decision: representatives from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Canadian Pork Council and the Canadian Meat Council.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit: A trio of ministers -- Denis Lebel (Transport), Valcourt (ACOA) and Shea (National Revenue) convene a roundtable in Charlottetown to discuss "a new long-term infrastructure plan," with Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher set to hold similar discussions in Yellowknife.

Also heading North: Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong delivers federal support to combat elder abuse in Whitehorse. 

And that, at least at press time, is pretty much it, as far as today's lookahead. Have a perfectly Canadian July 1st, everyone! Orders of the Day will return on Tuesday, July 3. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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