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Justin Trudeau Takes Time Off While Tories Heed Pollster Warning

03/03/2014 04:30 EST | Updated 05/02/2014 05:59 EDT
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OTTAWA - Look for the federal Conservatives to sharpen their attacks this week against new father Justin Trudeau.

Even though the Liberal leader won't be in the House of Commons — his wife gave birth last week to a baby boy — the Tories are certain to focus more attention on him after receiving some worrying polling data.

Longtime party pollster Andre Turcotte has warned the Tories that the Liberals are surging in popular opinion at their expense, and it's a trend that has been building for nearly two years.

By the way, the name the Trudeaus gave their newborn — Hadrian — is all the rage in political circles.

The Liberal leader hasn't said why they chose the name, but Hadrian was the name of a Roman emperor who reigned from 117 to 138 A.D.

And while he was commonly considered a good economic steward, Emperor Hadrian is reviled among the Jewish community.

Here are some other happenings to watch out for:

— Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and several aboriginal chiefs will take part in a land-management signing ceremony.

— Green party Leader Elizabeth May's private member's bill, C-442, the National Lyme Disease Strategy Act, is up for debate in the Commons.

— The Senate defence committee will discuss the status of Canada's international security and defence relations, including relations with the U.S., NATO and NORAD, and ballistic missile defence.

— And Heritage Minister Shelly Glover appears at the Senate official languages committee, which will hear from witnesses on how recent changes to the immigration system could affect official languages communities.

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