Inside Politics

New Democrats pitch plan to make government info available by default

On the eve of the looming Easter long weekend New Democrat MPs Mathieu Ravignat and Charmaine Borg hit the Centre Block press theatre to share the details of a new plan to improve government transparency by making information "available by default."

Also doing the media rounds on the Hill this morning: Congress of Aboriginal Peoples national chief Betty Ann Lavallee, who will outline the potential impact that today's Federal Court of Appeal decision in Daniels vs. Canada could have on M├ętis and non-Status Indians.

Outside the precinct, New Democrat democratic reform critic Charlie Angus heads to Georgetown, where he'll make a public plea for local Conservative MP Michael Chong to vote against the government's proposed rewrite of Canada's election laws.

Meanwhile, on the ministerial circuit:

  • Minister of State for Science Ed Holder tours the Dartmouth campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, where he will unveil new money for research-related partnerships between colleges and businesses.
  • Back in Toronto, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal shows his government's support for the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games by delivering a fresh load of federal cash for "celebrations and cultural activities" during a visit to Artscape Youngplace.
  • Moving west to Winnipeg, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson kicks off cross-country consultations on the new "financial consumer code" that was promised in the 2013 budget, with Finance parliamentary secretary Andrew Saxton slated to hold similar discussions in Vancouver.
  • Also out and about in Vancouver today: Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, who will discuss measures to "improve military procurement" during a keynote speech at the Westin Bayshore.
  • Finally, Government Whip John Duncan makes back-to-back announcements "in support of community infrastructure" and "upgrades" in Langford, Colwood and Sidney. 
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