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Today on the Hill: security and pipelines

Parliament Hill in Ottawa is pictured on October 29, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick -
Parliament Hill in Ottawa is pictured on October 29, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has a one-day layover in the capital before heading off to Europe to visit Poland, meet G7 leaders in Belgium, and attend D-Day ceremonies in France.

Just a few blocks from Parliament Hill, a pair of former Tories will have their criminal cases addressed at the Ottawa courthouse in a pair of short administrative appearances.

The lawyer for ex-Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau appears in court on his behalf of his client on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Harper's former adviser, Bruce Carson, has a brief appearance in the same courtroom on influence-peddling charges.

Some other events happening around Parliament Hill today:

- The Senate's national security and defence committee will be a busy place. Lt.-Gen. Alain Parent of NORAD will discuss ballistic missile defence. He will be followed by RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, who is to give a review of the force.

- The House of Commons industry committee will hear from witnesses on the impact of research, technology and innovation on the pipeline industry. Witnesses include John McDougall, of the National Research Council, and Jean Laporte, of the Transportation Safety Board.

- Gov.-Gen. David Johnston and his wife, Sharon, volunteer at The Ottawa Mission to mark the TELUS Day of Giving.

- The Commons citizenship committee will hear from senior Immigration Department officials on Bill C-24, which proposes to strengthen the Canadian Citizenship Act.

- The group Engineers Without Borders Canada will hold a press conference on the Hill to kick off a day of action to advocate for the creation of a Development Finance Institution.

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