Fallout from fed by-elections won't last as AG reveals report on rail safety

OTTAWA – The losers will be pushing a positive message and the winners will likely try not to gloat (too much) today as they take stock of federal by-election results during question period.

But the political spin could be overshadowed by the 2013 fall report from the federal auditor general, who has been looking over the federal government’s record on rail safety and how Ottawa has handled food recalls, as well as the multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding program.

Canada’s correctional investigator Howard Sapers will also release the watchdog’s annual report on the country’s prison system.

Other events on or near Parliament Hill today include:

— Sports Minister Bal Gosal and other cabinet ministers will participate in an Amazing Race-like obstacle course event on the Hill, held by Special Olympics Canada. Reception to follow.

— The speakers of the Senate and House of Commons take part in a ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor famine, which killed millions of Ukrainians. Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella will also meet with Volodymyr Rybak, chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine.

— Expect a war of words as Conservative thinker, professor Tom Flanagan, and Jim Stanford, economist for Unifor, go head-to-head in a debate at the Canadian War Museum on the issue of the right to strike in the civil service.

— And Barb Mildon and Rachel Bard from the Canadian Nurses Association will lobby MPs and senators on a plan to create a collaborative aging and seniors’ care commission and to rewrite Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act.