New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair spends a second day touting his party's small business-friendly campaign platform in British Columbia, where he will once again team up with local candidate Rachel Blaney and NDP MLA Nicholas Simons for a mid-morning stop at the Powell River-based Townsite Brewery.

Later this afternoon, Mulcair is slated to make his way to Nanaimo, where he'll join area NDP hopeful Sheila Malcolmson at Arbutus Music before meeting up with two more NDP candidates, Alistair MacGregor and George Johns, for an evening town hall at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

Back on the Hill, Canadian Psychological Association CEO Dr. Karen Cohen outlines the group's opposition to a new plan to "tax mental health care" by making some assessments subject to sales tax.

Elsewhere in the capital, Matters founder and CEO Olivia Dorey kicks off the "Why It Matters" campaign for "clear and accessible budget information" by holding a press conference to explain her "vision and action plan" and unveil the organization's newly redesigned website.

  • Finance Minister Joe Oliver takes a brief break from balancing the federal books to pay a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, where he will "take part in" the official unveiling of the medals to be awarded at the 2015 Toronto Pan and Parapan American Games.
  • Meanwhile, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt treks to Eel River Crossing to deliver a fresh load of assistance from Ottawa to Léon Chouinard et Fils Ltée, while in Quebec City, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney "highlights" his government's investment in recreational fisheries conservation.
  • Back in Ontario, Minister of State for Science Ed Holder joins local MP Bryan Hayes at Sault College, where the pair will "meet with local stakeholders" and unveil new federal funding for "business innovation" in Northern Ontario.
  • Moving west to Calgary, Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch tours the facilities and chats with staff at the Saffron Centre, which provides counselling services to victims of sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence.
  • Finally, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel drops by the British Columbia Technology Industry Association with fresh federal support earmarked for "trade and investment."

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