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Parliament resumes today in Ottawa

The spring session is expected to focus on the federal budget, more tough-on-crime legislation, the Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline, and more fallout from the Senate scandal.

MPs will be back on a busy schedule with Parliament resuming today.

The spring session is expected to focus on the federal budget, more tough-on-crime legislation, the Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline, and more fallout from the Senate scandal.

The budget is likely to be low key. The Harper government is expected to table it in mid-February, when many people will be paying more attention to the Sochi Olympics.

The New Democrats and Liberals say the ongoing RCMP investigation into the Senate scandal will keep that issue front and centre on the political agenda.

RCMP documents filed in court allege more than a dozen top players in Conservative ranks were involved in concocting a deal to protect Senator Mike Duffy after he landed on the hot seat over housing expenses.

New Democrat M-P Nathan Cullen says he expects the revelations to continue, pointing out that so far the R-C-M-P seem unafraid about delving into the matter.

But Government House leader Peter Van Loan says Canadians are more worried about economic issues than the Senate scandal.

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