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MPs to begin second-last day of second reading debate of election bill

After spending much of Thursday ensnarled in procedural wrangling over the government's efforts to limit further substantive debate on the just-tabled election bill before it goes to committee, MPs will spend just under three hours going over the over the pros and cons of the proposal before the Commons shuts down for the weekend.

Under the timeline imposed by Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, the bill could be up for a vote as early as Monday evening.

Outside the precinct, Industry Minister James Moore drops by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, where, alongside Canadian Space Agency astronauts, he will reveal his government's plan for "Canada's future in space."

On the ministerial circuit today:

  • The PM heads to Kainai High School in Stand Off, Alberta to unveil a major revamp of the First Nations education system, which will reportedly include both more funding and more control. According to the advisory, the announcement will be followed by a celebratory "feast" with Kainai Nation Blood Tribe leaders.
  • Back in Toronto, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty heads to a local shoe shop for the traditional pre-budget photo-op, while elsewhere in the city, Employment Minister Jason Kenney shares the details of new funding to help "internationally trained workers," and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch releases a new video to promote workplace safety.
  • Meanwhile, in Halifax, Public Works Minister Diane Finley continues her defence procurement update tour with a breakfast speech to the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia while her cabinet colleague Tony Clement takes his open data evangelism to Dalhousie University.
  • Moving west, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover kicks off the Government of Canada History Awards at a Winnipeg school as Health Minister Rona Ambrose pays a visit to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
  • Finally, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay holds the first in what will apparently be "a series of stakeholder consultations on the proposed Registration of Tax Preparers Program."

On the opposition front, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair takes part in an "urban agenda roundtable" at Toronto City Hall, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May continues her whirlwind trip to Washington, DC with still more meetings on Keystone XL and Lyme Disease. 

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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