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House security team to be honoured as MPs get ready to head home for the holidays

With just one day left before the House is set to shut down for the holidays, MPs will pay tribute to the House of Commons security team, who will be invited into the Chamber to be formally thanked by House Speaker Andrew Scheer.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place after question period this afternoon.  

Before that gets underway, however, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal will join Conservative MP John Weston and Conservative Senator Nancy Greene Raine in the House Foyer, where the trio will  "celebrate" the success of the senator's bid to create a day to promote health and fitness, which was passed by the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Shortly after those festivities wrap up, New Democrat House Leader Peter Julian take centre stage in the Foyer as he provides a year-end recap of the government's "legislative agenda" for 2014.

Later this afternoon,  Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover teams up with Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney to unveil the winning design for the National Monument to Victims of Communism, which is set to be installed on the lawn next to the Supreme Court of Canada next year.

Back in the Chamber, MPs will turn their attention back to the creation of the Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, which is currently awaiting third reading approval, as well as report stage of the government's proposal for a victims' bill of rights. 

Depending on how the day unfolds, they may well decide to bring the sitting to an early close by agreeing to adjourn a day ahead of schedule -- provided, that is, that the whole House agrees, as such motions require unanimous consent. 

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Michael Chong's proposal to rebalance the parliamentary caucus power structure undergoes clause-by-clause review at Procedure and House Affairs, setting the stage for its eventual return, albeit in an amended form, to the Commons floor when MPs return in January.  

Also at committee today: Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who will field questions on his recent report on "aggressive tax planning" at Public Accounts.

Outside the precinct, Governor General David Johnston presents the Pearson Peace Medal to retired United Nations assistant secretary general Nigel Fisher, who also served as president and CEO of UNICEF Canada for five years.


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