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Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney and Kathleen Wynne hit the stage at Canada 2020 conference

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne are just three of the speakers slated to take the stage at the Ottawa Convention Centre today as Canada 2020, which bills itself as "Canada's leading independent progressive think-tank," kicks off a two-day policy conference.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Brampton, where, alongside local MP Kyle Seeback, he'll  take part in a "moderated question-and-answer session" with the Mississauga Board of Trade.

Back on the Hill, MPs will  turn their attention to the government's latest legislative efforts to crack down on counterfeit products, currently at third reading, as well as the proposal to create the Rouge River National Urban Park, which has yet to garner second reading approval of the House.

On the committee front, Procedure and House Affairs will spend the first hour reviewing Conservative MP Scott Reid's proposal to elect future House speakers via preferential ballot, with British House of Lords parliamentary clerk David Beamish scheduled to testify by video conference.

After that wraps up, MPs will turn their attention to the privilege complaint filed by New Democrat MP Yvon Godin last week after his access to Centre Block was briefly blocked by RCMP officers on the Hill to oversee a visiting foreign leader -- in this case, the German president.

Also this morning, International Trade continues its pre-study of the Canada-Korea free trade deal while Health goes behind closed doors to work on a draft report on their investigation into the "health risks and harms of marijuana."

This afternoon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights will get a briefing on challenges faced by North Korean refugees, courtesy of HanVoice executive director Randall Baran-Chong and "pioneer" Sungju Lee.

Elsewhere in the precinct:

Representatives from Tourjours Vivant-Not Dead Yet, who describe themselves as "disability rights activists," outline their opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide at a mid-morning press conference, which will be followed by a "parliamentary luncheon" that will allow them to offer MPs "a deeper view" of the issue.  

Author and "world expert on coal-fired power and human health" Dr. Alan Lockwood issues a call for "a complete and speedy coal phase-out and expansion of renewable energy."

UPDATE - According to a just-in media notice, later this morning, "nearly one hundred volunteers" with anti-abortion group, as well as an unnamed MP, "will begin inserting 100,000 pink and blue flags on Parliament Hill," which, they say, represents the number of abortions in Canada each year.

Out and about outside the precinct:

    • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt drops by the Hockey Hall of Fame, where she'll team up with Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra, Original Six defencemen and their families and "representatives of the hockey community" to launch of a new collection of stamps that, according to the advisory, will "celebrate Canada's game."
    • Labour Minister Kellie Leitch stops by the Oshawa Central Council of Neighbourhood Associations with fresh federal funding to "improve accessibility for people with disabilities."
    • In Quebec City, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel will do the honours at the opening ceremony for the 13th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup.
    • Finally, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford is in Saskatchewan to "celebrate a world first" at the opening of the carbon capture and storage project at Estevan's Boundary Dam.

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