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Today on the Hill: Will cabinet decide on a Canadian combat mission in Iraq?

09/30/2014 04:30 EDT | Updated 11/29/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Eyes in Ottawa will be on the federal cabinet today as it ponders a possible deployment of fighter and surveillance aircraft in an expanding offensive against Islamist militants in northern Iraq.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told the House of Commons that no decisions have been made about a request from the United States for an expanded Canadian role in the Middle East.

But he says if the nearly expired current 30-day deployment turns into a combat mission, there will be a debate and vote of confidence on it in Parliament.

Here are some other happenings expected to take place on or around Parliament Hill today:

— Majed El Shafie, president of the group One Free World International, appears at the Commons foreign affairs committee to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq by ISIL militants;

— The CRTC enters day two of hearings on whether Canada's wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive;

— Statistics Canada releases more numbers on the economy, with gross domestic product by industry for July and industrial product and raw materials price indexes for August;

— The number-crunching agency will also release a study of the effects of cancer on the employment and earnings of cancer survivors in the three-year period after they are diagnosed with the illness;

— U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson appears at the Canadian American Business Council;

— And Robert Hornung of the Canadian Wind Energy Association will speak about how his industry is helping to diversify Canada's electricity markets.