Good Wednesday morning, The 2018 budget has been released; let the political gamesmanship begin! Liberal caucus members, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will start the day in Centre Block for their weekly gathering at 10 a.m., where they will likely discuss strategies to sell voters on the nearly $340-billion federal government spending blueprint. Mr. Trudeau’s also scheduled to appear in Question Period at 2 p.m., where the budget may take a backseat to concerns over how Jaspal Atwal, a man convicted of attempted murder, was invited to an event on the prime minister’s tour of India in opposition volleys. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is presenting the Conservatives' response to the budget in the House of Commons at 3:30 p.m. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be the guest speaker at a post-budget armchair discussion hosted by the Economic Club of Canada at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa at 8 a.m. A media availability will follow at 9 a.m. Then this evening, the four remaining candidates in the race for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party are meeting for the second debate of the contest at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa. The debate will start at 6:30 p.m. Elsewhere, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains is making an announcement on the 2018 budget at 12:30 p.m. at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi is touring the Women Building Futures Housing Facility and Suncor Energy Training Centre in Edmonton at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain time). A media availability is to follow at 4 p.m. And finally, happy birthday to Conservative Senator David Wells, ISG Senator Larry Campbell, and Liberal MP Francesco Sorbara. Have a great day!