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Finance ministers head behind closed doors for pre-Christmas confab

With the House of Commons now officially shuttered for the holidays, Finance Minister Joe Oliver is set to host his provincial and territorial counterparts at a closed-door pre-Christmas confab at his downtown Ottawa offices. 

Topping the agenda for the two-day meeting, according to the advisory,will be "the state of the global economy and medium-term priorities."  

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off a West Coast mini-tour with back-to-back meetings on child care in Courtenay and Nanaimo, respectively.

Later this afternoon, he'll make his way to Victoria, where he'll team up with British Columbia MPs Murray Rankin and Randall Garrison to reveal new details on his party's position on proportional representation. 

Also out and about on the pre-holiday circuit today:

    • Justice Minister Peter MacKay joins Nova Scotia Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis and Halifax Mayor Michael Savage for a "significant infrastructure announcement" at the Halifax Wastewater Treatment Facility.
    • In neighbouring New Brunswick, ACOA Minister Rob Moore delivers fresh federal cash to Sussex-based Timberparts and Kings County Mechanical, while Fisheries Minister Gail Shea unveils new support to "assist youth and help older workers and Islanders with disabilities get jobs" during a visit to Holland College.
    • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Science Ed Holder heads to Western University, where he'll share the details of a "significant investment in research networks" before touring the lab used by cardiologist and researcher Dr. Anthony Tang.
    • Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will "highlight Canada's support for new global health innovations in India" and "commitment to "working with a wide range of partners ... to find innovative solutions to global health challenges" at the Grand Challenges Canada India Health Innovation Summit, which takes place in Mississauga later today.
    • Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will be front and centre at a press conference on Toronto 2015.
    • Moving west to Winnipeg, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover makes a mid-morning appearance at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
    • Finally, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch takes part in a photo op and "important announcement" at the headquarters of the Alberta Caregivers Association in Edmonton.

Back on the Hill, the Senate is scheduled to meet at 5pm ET.

Before that gets underway, however, the National Finance committee is slated to wrap up clause-by-clause review of the government's fall omnibus budget bill, which is expected to round out the list of bills poised to get Royal Assent before the Upper House rises for the holidays, which will likely happen by Wednesday at the latest.

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