Inside Politics

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and May hit the out-of-town speaker circuit

MPs wrap up their first week on the pre-recess midnight sitting schedule with a comparatively brief half-day session, during which they will consider the government's proposal to crack down on contraband tobacco.

Before the Chamber closes up shop for the weekend, Conservative MP Colin Mayes will get his first chance to pitch his private members' bill to ensure "respect" for "families of murdered and brutalized persons" by limiting parole for those convicted of the abduction, sexual assault and murder of the same victim.

Outside the precinct, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be on hand for the final round of discussion on maternal, newborn and child health care in Toronto, where he's also scheduled to attend an evening event. 

On the opposition front, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair spends a second day on the road in Saskatchewan, where he'll tour the Regina Trades and Skills Centre before making his way to Moose Jaw for the provincial NDP convention.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the stage at the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference, which gets underway in Niagara Falls today. 

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be front and centre at a rally to reveal the candidate who will carry her party's banner into battle in the Trinity -- Spadina byelection.

Also out and about across the country:

    • Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea joins New Brunswick deputy premier Paul Robichaud in the employee lounge of the the Island Fishermen Cooperative Association in Lameque, where she will announce still more money for small craft harbour projects -- this time, in the Acadian peninsula.
    • Elsewhere in the province, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt drops by the University of Moncton to share the details of a new health initiative to support "official language minority communities."
    • International Trade Minister Ed Fast "underscores" how his government's "ambitious pro-trade plan benefits municipalities across Canada" during a workshop on investment at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Niagara Falls. 
    • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz heads to Alberta for a mid-morning appearance at Providence Grain Solutions , where he'll discuss the recent passage of his government's bid to "address railway logistics" by ending the grain backlog.
    • In British Columbia, Government Whip John Duncan doles out fresh federal funding for local arts and culture in Courtenay, while Minister of State for Western Economic Development Michelle Rempel shows her government's support for isotope development during a visit to the TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver.

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