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NDP MPs back on the Hill for pre-sitting strategy sessions

01/15/2015 06:24 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT
 With less than two weeks to go before the House reopens for what will almost certainly be the final sitting of the 41st Parliament, New Democrat MPs are making an early return to Ottawa, where NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will kick off two days of 'strategy sessions' with a speech to caucus.

Last night, CBC News reported a change in the ranks of the leader's senior advisory team: his current chief of staff, Raoul Gebert, is leaving, and will be replaced by Alain Gaul, who served as Mulcair's chief of staff when he was environment minister in Quebec City.

Also back on the party org chart: Brad Lavigne, who returns in a pre-campaign advisory role after a year-long stint at Hill and Knowlton.    

Outside the precinct, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's second day on the pre-budget consultation trail takes him to Calgary, where he'll join Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson for another round of closed-door meetings before heading off to a lunch speech hosted by the local chamber of commerce.

Also in Calgary today: Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who will deliver an announcement on "Canada's weather infrastructure," which, while not designated "important" by the advisory, will also include a "technical briefing" for reporters.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

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