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Welcome to Ottawa, Mexican president-elect Nieto!

Ottawa rolls out the red carpet for Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who kicks off his visit to the capital with an official meet 'n' greet at Rideau Hall before heading off to the Hill for a photo op with the PM.

The two will then retreat behind closed doors for a one-on-one meeting, with a joint statement scheduled for 3pm, which is precisely when a protest rally organized by Mexicans United for Regularization is expected to be underway on the parliamentary front lawn.The group is calling for an end to electoral fraud in Mexico, as well as deportations from Canada.


Outside the precinct, Liberal leadership candidate-in-waiting Marc Garneau is expected to make it official this morning, when he is scheduled to make "a significant announcement" in Montreal. Later this afternoon, he'll make an appearance at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa.

When the Chamber reopens for business this afternoon, members will embark on third reading of the Financial Literacy Leader Act.

On the committee front, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney will appear before their respective home committees to discuss the latest round of supplementary estimates.

Citizenship and Immigration
is also set to wrap up clause-by-clause consideration of the government's bid to speed up the deportation process, which will likely be back in the House by the end of the week, thus adding yet another item to the pre-Christmas priority to-do list.

Over at Finance, committee members go behind closed doors to draft a report on tax incentives for charitable donations, as well as discuss a motion from NDP finance critic Peggy Nash.

At Public Safety, representatives from the Air India 182 Victims Families Association will share their thoughts on proposed changes to Canada's anti-terrorism regime, as will the Canadian Coalition Against Terror, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

Also this afternoon: the Private Members' Business Subcommittee checks the fine print on the next batch of bills soon to be added to the precedence list in order to determine whether any should be deemed non-votable.

Meanwhile, departing Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney makes an appearance at the Royal Canadian Mint's Gold Refinery Vault, where he will take part in the launch of a "rare collection of century-old gold coins" being made available for purchase by the public.

Later this evening, Minister of State for Science Gary Goodyear will lead a delegation of cabinet ministers -- Jason Kenney, Diane Finley, Gail Shea, Ed Fast and Lynne Yelich -- to the Rideau Club for the annual Mitacs Awards Reception.  

Finally, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver delivers what the advisory bills as an "important speech" on "shared prosperity through Responsible Resource Development [sic]" at the Business Council of British Columbia. 

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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