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Today on the Hill: the AG's latest report

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - There's nothing like an auditor general's report to send federal cabinet ministers clamouring for the microphones.

In the House of Commons today, Michael Ferguson will table his office's 2014 spring report, which is expected to touch on everything from prisons to public service pensions to First Nations policing.

The report's release will be followed by a news conference with Treasury Board President Tony Clement, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

Although recent auditor general reports have been relatively tame, some past audits, such as the one probing the federal sponsorship program, have uncovered startling revelations of federal misspending or misuse of government rules and regulations.

Here are some other events planned for Parliament Hill today:

— The Canadian Psychological Association says there are holes in Canada's system for psychological services. Association CEO Dr. Karen Cohen and incoming president Dr. Kerry Mothersill will speak about those gaps at a news conference.

— Chantal Bernier, Canada's interim privacy commissioner, appears before a Commons ethics committee hearing witnesses on government spending plans, followed by ethics commissioner Mary Dawson.

— Finance Minister Joe Oliver appears at a Commons committee to discuss Bill C-31, the government's budget implementation bill.

— And the CFL's newest franchise, the Ottawa Redblacks, will unveil their jerseys and uniforms to the media and season-ticket holders.

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