Today on the Hill: byelection victors in Ottawa, auditor general defends report

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OTTAWA - It will be a day of chest thumping in Ottawa today as the Liberals and Conservatives bring their newly elected byelection winners into their weekly caucus meetings.

The Conservatives held on to two ridings in Manitoba on Monday, while the Liberals improved their vote tallies and held onto ridings in Ontario and Quebec.

Among the other happenings today in Ottawa:

Auditor general Michael Ferguson will appear at the Commons public accounts committee, one day after releasing a report critical of the government's rail and food safety track records.

— International Trade Minister Ed Fast will unveil the government's plans for further bolstering trade when he speaks to the Economic Club of Canada.

— Across the Ottawa River, in Gatineau, Que., protesters will push for more social housing in Canada before marching through the streets of Ottawa to a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Office.

— Statistics Canada releases the payroll employment, earnings and hours for September, as well as the international travel account for the third quarter and a birds-eye view of what Canada's farm population looked like in 2011.

— The National Farmers Union is holding its 44th annual convention under the banner "Growing Resistance."

— The School of Public Policy will release its Annual Global Tax Competitiveness Ranking and report on the threats Canada is facing to its competitiveness on the world stage.

Organizations: Conservatives, International Trade, Economic Club of Canada Statistics Canada School of Public Policy Annual Global Tax Competitiveness Ranking

Geographic location: Ottawa, Canada, Manitoba Ontario Quebec Ottawa River Gatineau Farmers Union

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