Inside Politics

Federal political circuit poised to hit pause for the holidays

With just days to go before the holidays are officially underway, the federal political circuit has, at least for the most part, effectively shut down for the season -- except, that is, for the two tireless ministers of the crown with events slated for Friday.

First up: National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson treks to CFB Trenton for an otherwise unspecified announcement at Hangar 1, during which he is widely expected to officially confirm that Canada will be picking up an additional C-17 cargo transport plane before the Boeing factory shuts down the production line for good.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has summoned reporters to the National Press Theatre for what his office indicates will be a year-in-review address capped by an announcement, with a generous allotment of time for questions from the floor.

After that wraps up, Baird heads to Orleans, where he'll team up with fellow Ottawa MP Royal Galipeau to host a "pre-budget consultation session" with the local business community.

Programming note: Much like the above mentioned political circuit, Orders of the Day will be on hiatus until the New Year. Regular early-bird posting will resume on January 5, 2015.


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