Gone so soon? Raucous session of Parliament goes out with a whimper

OTTAWA – A fall parliamentary session that got off to a late start but then produced some raucous moments — as the Conservatives were grilled over the Senate scandal — has gone out with a whimper.

Members of Parliament agreed to rise Tuesday evening, and they will not sit again until late January.

The extended break gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s side some respite from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s near-daily interrogations during question period.

Mulcair kept up the prosecutorial approach he first adopted this spring in the wake of revelations that Harper’s former chief of staff wrote a $90,000 cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s ineligible expenses.

Last month, the opposition parties got fresh ammunition with the release of new court documents showing Nigel Wright, Harper’s former top aide, is being investigated by the RCMP for bribery, fraud and breach of trust and the Mounties have widened their probe to include the Prime Minister’s Office.

The RCMP also alleged an influential Conservative senator and fundraiser was a central figure in the scheme to reimburse Duffy for his invalid expense claims and to interfere in an independent audit of Duffy’s expenses.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

Then there was a cache of emails belonging to Benjamin Perrin, former counsel for the Prime Minister’s Office, which at first were thought to have been deleted before they were finally found.

It all made for tempestuous times in and out of the Commons.

When Harper himself wasn’t standing in the Commons, his parliamentary secretary Paul Calandra made a name for himself by offering responses that steered a wide berth from the nature of the actual questions.

But without Harper or Mulcair, who are in South Africa this week to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela, much of the oxygen was sucked out of the Commons in the last two days of the session.




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Gone so soon? Raucous session of Parliament goes out with a whimper

  1. As Canada has become a, cesspool of corruption and a dictatorship. Many of us are wondering? What will Harper do to Canada, during the x-mas break? Sign more of Canada over to Communist China and/or, perhaps to the U.S?

    Harper is using every dirty tactic in the book, to stay in office. Calandra is Harper’s Goebbels. Can you believe, Calandra is in the Ethics Committee? Now Suodas is another recruit for Harper, for the second time I believe. Rumor has it, Soudas has connections with the Mafia. Where does Harper find all of his degenerates? He has a list as long as his arm. Some are even, off to prison.

    Nor, is Harper a Conservative, what-so-ever. He was Policy Chief for his, Northern Foundation of 1989.

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