11/25/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 01/24/2015 05:59 EST

Today on the Hill: Canada's top auditor delivers his latest report

OTTAWA - There's nothing like a report from the auditor general to make politicians in Ottawa sit up and pay attention.

And the latest report from Canada's top accountant, set for release today, appears destined to create a stir.

The report will focus on mental health services provided to military veterans — and whether they are being delivered when they're needed — and comes at a time when the Harper Conservatives are under fire for underspending at Veterans Affairs.

Another of the report's seven chapters examines whether Canada's Foreign Affairs department is responding quickly enough and with enough aid money to international humanitarian crises.

It was an auditor general's report a decade ago that brought focus to the so-called sponsorship scandal that plagued the former Chretien government.

Here are some other events planned for today on or around Parliament Hill:

— An expert panel called the Anti-Contraband Tobacco Working Group will meet to discuss the latest research and ideas on how to combat the illicit tobacco trade. The group, created by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Dawson Strategic, aims to look at the linkages between contraband tobacco and organized crime and how to reduce its financial and social costs;

— Another panel discussion held by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute will look at the final two years of U.S. President Barack Obama's administration and how it could impact Canada. Panellists include former Quebec premier Jean Charest and former federal finance minister John Manley;

— Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will deliver the keynote address at the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s summit, which is focused on Canada’s role in the digital world;

— And junior finance minister Kevin Sorenson will deliver opening remarks at a panel discussion on the challenges faced by startup companies.

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