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UPDATED: New Democrats will 'outline' question raised by 'scathing' Wallin expenseaudit

In the wake of yesterday's release of the Wallin report, Liberal democratic reform critic Stephane Dion joins his Upper House colleague and Liberal Senate leader James Cowan for a press conference to highlight "the questions raised" by the audit, including what the advisory describes as "potentially fraudulent expenses," as well as the PM's "political responsibility in this matter."

UPDATE: According to a this-just-in media advisory, New Democrat MPs Paul Dewar and Nycole Turmel will make their way to the National Press Theatre this afternoon to "outline questions Conservatives must answer in the wake of the scathing audit into Senator Pamela Wallin's expense claims."

Outside the precinct, Justice Minister Peter MacKay will begin his day with a funding announcement at Toronto Police Services, and then heads to London for another round of closed-door discussions on the putative victims' bill of rights.

Elsewhere in Ontario, FedNor and Ring of Fire Minister of State Greg Rickford unveils new federal support for the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund during a visit to Thunder Bay.

Moving east to Montreal, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel continues to spread largesse throughout his home province, with Ecotech Quebec on his itinerary today, while in Fredericton, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong talks elder financial abuse and caregivers with "key stakeholders".

Also on the good news circuit today: Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel, who is off to Churchill with a fresh load of community infrastructure cash earmarked for local upgrades.

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has advised Canadian journalists that she intends to take part in a "press call" for US media organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council to, as the advisory puts it, "discuss the scientific evidence and policy challenges that make mitigation not only unacceptable, but also highly unlikely, as a trade-off for Keystone XL."

Among the listed participants are representatives from NRDC Canada and Environmental Defence as well as Simon Fraser environmental economics professor Mark Jaccard and University of Toronto scientist Danny Harvey. 

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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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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