Good Wednesday morning! It’s the middle of week nine of this election campaign, and just when you thought you saw it all, dairy farmers took to the streets of Ottawa yesterday to protest possible concessions to supply management protection under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. There is speculation that a deal between the 12 countries involved in the TPP will be announced as early as this Friday. In advance of that, dairy farmers from across the country brought their cows and tractors to the nation’s capital and poured milk on city streets in protest. In a statement, the B.C. Dairy Association said it was hopeful that the Canadian government would maintain its position at the TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Ga., this week. “The federal government has continued to assert strong support for the Canadian dairy industry throughout the TPP negotiation process,” B.C. Dairy Association executive director Dave Eto said. “They recognize the value of supply management as an integral part of our domestic economy and we’re hopeful they will continue to defend our system as negotiations near conclusion.” At a campaign stop yesterday in Kleinburg, Ont., Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, running for re-election in Calgary-Heritage, Alta., said that the supply management system has been what’s making dairy farms economically viable for families. “This government remains absolutely committed to making sure we preserve our system of supply management through trade negotiations,” he said. “Decisions to be made on whether we have such a system or not are decisions we want Canadians to take, not foreigners to take.” The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting a national debate today to highlight issues facing Canadian farmers. The TPP deal will sure to be a top issue for discussion. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, running for re-election in Battlefords-Lloydminster, Sask., will be on the debate panel as well as Liberal agriculture critic Mark Eyking, running for re-election in Sydney-Victoria, N.S., and Green Party deputy leader Bruce Hyer, running for re-election in Thunder Bay-Superior North. As of last evening, NDP agriculture critic Malcolm Allen, running for re-election in Niagara Centre, Ont., and a Bloc Quebecois representative were still yet to be confirmed. The event takes place at 11 a.m. at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa. For some background reading, check out Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello’s rundown here and here. In case you missed it On the policy front yesterday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made a stop in Vaughan to announce that a re-elected Conservative government would aim to add more than 700,000 new homeowners to Canada’s rolls by 2020. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, running for re-election in Outremont, Que., was in Iqaluit on Tuesday where he announced his plan to overcome food insecurity in Canada’s isolated, northern communities so that northerners have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, running for re-election in Papineau, Que., was in Winnipeg to announce that a Liberal government will invest $200-million per year, over the next three years, in a new innovation agenda as well as invest an additional $100-million per year, over the next three years, in the Industrial Research Assistance Program. Mr. Trudeau also announced a reconciliation plan for the Métis Nation while in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, running for re-election in Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C., was in Sidney, B.C. on Tuesday where she discussed the Green Party’s national plan for seniors. The Green Party's plan calls for better support programs including a Guaranteed Liveable Income, Pharmacare, a National Dementia Strategy, and Homecare. Where the leaders are, day 60 (all times local) Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will be campaigning in Quebec City, Que., today, where he will deliver remarks at 6:05 p.m. and be joined by Conservative candidate Denis Lebel, running for re-election in Lac Saint Jean, Que. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will continue campaigning in Iqaluit, Nunavut, today. He will make an announcement at 9:30 a.m. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will make an announcement in Surrey, B.C., at 7:45 a.m. at the Newton Seniors Centre. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be campaigning in West Saanich, Victoria and Burnaby, B.C., today. She will be greeting commuters in West Saanich from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and then participate in an online forum hosted by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce focusing on the region’s business and economic environment at noon. Ms. May will campaign with candidate Lynne Quarmby at 5 p.m. and then both will head to a town hall in Burnaby, B.C., at 7 p.m. Elsewhere on the agenda (all times local) Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page will be speaking about his new book, Unaccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill, at the Ottawa Writers Festival. Read more about his book here. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is hosting a debate on issues important to the Jewish community. Finance Minister Joe Oliver, NDP candidate Hal Berman, and Liberal candidate Bill Morneau will attend the debate at the Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. with Canadian Jewish News editor Yoni Goldstein moderating. Governor General David Johnston will deliver a speech at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging at 4:15 p.m. in Ottawa, Ont. The Department of National Defence will host a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at 12:45 p.m. on Parliament Hill.