Most recent entries for July 2014

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt returns to Toronto for what the advisory bills as an "important infrastructure event" at Hillcrest Complex, with her Ontario counterpart Steven Del Duca and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Maria Augimeri also slated to be in attendance.

Although the notice provides no further details on the nature of the event, it does advise interested reporters that it will take place outside, and include "a streetcar tour."


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After maintaining a relatively low public profile for the last few weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Air Ronge, where he'll join Western Economic Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel and local MP Rob Clarke for an announcement at Northlands College's satellite campus before heading to Saskatoon for a "Members Event" at Prairieland Park.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt makes her way to Windsor, where, in conjunction with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, she'll make "an important announcement" on the Detroit River International Crossing, which, according to CBC Windsor, may include the creation of a high-level committee to oversee the next phase in the construction of a billion dollar bridge between the two cities.

Back on the Hill, New Democrat employment insurance and ACOA critics Robert Aubin and Ryan Cleary hit the stage at the National Press Theatre to share their respective and collective views on the "impacts" of recent EI changes.


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Minister of State for Science Ed Holder continues his Atlantic Canadian tour at the Universite de Moncton, where, for the second day in a row, he'll "celebrate" a "significant investment" in scientific research -- this time, alongside local MP Robert Goguen, and after touring a lab in the physics and astronomy department.

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Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder leads off Monday's good news circuit with an appearance at the University of New Brunswick, were, alongside local MP Keith Ashfield, he'll "celebrate a significant investment in scientific research."

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As the week winds to a close, so, too, does the ministerial good news circuit, it seems, with just two events deemed by the Prime Minister's Office to be sufficiently "notable" to make it into the nightly advisory, although the press gallery-compiled itinerary reveals that Several Conservative MPs will also be out and about throughout the day.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes his open data crusade to Toronto, where he'll take part in "public consultations" on the government's "Action Plan on Open Government 2.0" at the North Toronto Public Library.

Also out and about in the Greater Toronto Area today: Etobicoke MP Ted Opitz, who will unveil new support for humanitarian assistance efforts in Somalia during an event at St. Philip's Lutheran Church.

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Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney drops by the Rockcut Shooting Club in North Bay to deliver an otherwise unspecified "announcement," which, given the venue and his portfolio, seems likely to be related to firearms regulation.

Back in the parliamentary precinct, Liberal MP Geoff Regan hits the stage at the National Press Theatre to discuss "developments" in what his party unfailingly refers to as "the PMO Ethics Scandal involving Mike Duffy."

Also on the Hill today: Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who will pose for photos as part of the "side dedication ceremony" for the War of 1812 Monument to be erected near the statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the East Block lawn.

(According to the notice, reporters are "invited to take part in the photo op only," which suggests the minister isn't planning to open the floor for questions.)

Later today, Glover will make an appearance at the opening ceremony of the 6th Francophone Games in Gatineau. 

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs James Bezan and Ted Opitz will provide an update on Canada's "support for human rights" after co-hosting a roundtable with "the local Ukrainian community" in Optiz's home riding of Etobicoke.

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For the second day in a row, Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney leads the summer ministerial circuit -- this time, by making an appearance in Hamilton to announce new developments in what the advisory characterizes as "a high-profile human smuggling case."

Elsewhere in Ontario, Minister of State for Fed Dev Ontario Gary Goodyear joins local MP David Tilson fpor a tour of Bolton-based Multivans Inc., where the pair will "see first-hand the return on a federal investment."


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UPDATE: According to a terse notice from the department, this event has been cancelled. "A new date has not yet been determined," it states.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney drops by the Multicultural Helping House Society headquarters in Vancouver, where he will host a mid-morning reception to honour this year's recipient of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism before making himself available to the media.

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Employment Minister Jason Kenney heads to Vancouver to deliver what the advisory bills as an "important announcement about foreign credential recognition," with a satellite event slated for Toronto, where Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will do the honours on Kenney's behalf.

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