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UPDATED: Pierre Poilievre's election bill on the lunch menu at Chateau Laurier

After spending the last few days out of the public eye, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads off to Quebec City, where he may, according to media reports, hold an informal tête-à-tête with newly installed Premier Philippe Couillard before taking the stage at tonight's Gala Triomphe, which will honour Quebec City athletes.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson is expected to reveal the details of the government's latest plan to tweak the rules governing Canada's pension regime during a speech to the Economic Club of Canada.

UPDATE: According to a just-in notice that curiously failed to make the cut for the daily PMO-issued "Notable Event" list, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre will, as the advisory puts it, "discuss the facts" in his controversial proposal to rewrite Canada's election laws during a lunch appearance at the Chateau Laurier organized by the Economic Club of Canada.

Also on the ministerial circuit:

    • International Trade Minister Ed Fast takes his Canada-European free trade booster campaign to Halifax, where he will "highlight" the "many benefits" it holds for the province's "workers and fishers" with "leaders and representatives of Nova Scotia's world-class fish and seafood sector."
    • Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt teams up with New Brunswick MLA Martine Coulombe to unveil new federal-provincial funding for Saint-Quentin-based Groupe Savoie.
    • In Toronto, Justice Minister Peter MacKay hands out fresh cash at the Child Development Institute, while elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier hosts a round table to "engage stakeholders about recent trends in tourism."
    • Meanwhile, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch treks north to Thunder Bay, where she's slated to make an "important announcement" at the headquarters of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover will "continue," as the advisory puts it, "with her Movie Night series ... by screening the film Aloft," which, it points out, was filmed in Manitoba.
    • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich drops by the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology agricultural machinery shop to deliver fresh federal support to "benefit students in seven skills training and apprenticeship programs," while her cabinet colleague, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, pays a visit to Calgary's Bow Valley College, where he will outline new efforts to "help Alberta residents get jobs."
    • Finally, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's cross-country lecture tour lands in Vancouver, where he's scheduled to speak at a lunch hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade.
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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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