QP Live: Has it really been six weeks?

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by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Where does your average opposition politician start after six weeks away from the House of Commons?

The Prime Minister found his way into the Middle East, and took about 200 people along for the ride. An Egyptian-Canadian is sitting in a prison, without charge. Ukraine is bitterly divided along ethnic lines, and protesters in the streets seek western support. So, all things considered, does the average opposition politician ask the government about foreign affairs?

A train carrying petroleum products derailed in New Brunswick, exploded, and burned for days. A second train derailed in New Brunswick just hours ago—nothing spilled, no explosion, but plenty of anxious residents in Saint-Basile. Republican legislators in Washington, D.C. want to force the agenda and approve Keystone XL, the mythical pipeline that might carry Alberta crude from the oil sands to thirsty points south. So, all of that considered,  does the average opposition politician ask the government about rail safety or energy security or natural resources?

Auditor General Michael Ferguson may release interim results of his investigation into Senate expenses. Postmedia’s Jordan Press reports that Ferguson will tell the country all about the expense claims of senior members of the Red Chamber. Add that to the pile of questions the opposition kept on asking about the Wright-Duffy affair, the spate of accusations related to Sen. Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, and a cast of characters who work, or worked, for the Prime Minister. So, that in mind, does the average opposition politician continue to ask the government about what Prime Minister Stephen Harper knew about the Wright-Duffy affair?

Probably.

UPDATE: Probably, expect some outrage from the NDP benches on Canada Post’s planned cuts. Not only did pro-postal demonstrators target Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office over the weekend, but NDP MP Olivia Chow will, when she gets a chance, table a motion that supports the daily mail delivery that the crown corporation hopes to cut.

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Who will be in the hot seat? Hmm, good question. The Prime Minister rarely shows up for Question Period on Mondays, but today’s QP is the first in some time. Suffice to say someone who’s speaking for the PM—funnyman MP Paul Calandra?—will be the someone who’s in the hot seat.

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QP Live: Has it really been six weeks?

  1. Well, couple points:
    Mulcair and the NDP will double-down on the “senate scandal” as they need to dull the shine off of Harper after his trip to Israel. Given the views of some of Mulcairs folks (hi Libby !!) there are some NDP MP’s who are none to happy. After all, while Harper was busy supporting Israel, there were no doubt some in the NPD ranks planning for their next “flotilla to Gaza” or getting ready for next season’s episode of “Israeli Apartheid Week”
    yep…they have to change the channel.
    As for the Ukraine, that is a rather serious matter. I suspect the Russian KGB agent, er, I mean…vladimir Putin has his fingers entwined in the current Ukrainian leaders knickers and working him like a puppet….but I don’t expect the Russian tanks to come rolling across the border “on request” of the Ukranian leader just yet. At least not until AFTER the Sochi olympics. Don’t want to risk the boycott just yet.
    Trudeau…hmm….not much to say about him. I’m sure he’ll come up with some good questions eventually; once his handlers tell him what he’s supposed to believe in other than what the best hair products are.
    Welcome back to Parliament folks……let the games begin.

    • You forgot to mention that Jim Flaherty not only spends like a ” Drunken Sailor ” , but he also looked like a ” Drunken Sailor ” today.

      • couple of other points.
        drunken sailors…..at least spend only their own money.
        Flaherty is fighting a rather brutal disease….and the medication he is taking makes him look like that.

        • You are right, drunken sailors do spend their own money, how about drunken politicians ? If Flaherty is fighting a disease, he shouldn’t be working. If he is not crying, its a disease, how ever way you slice, its still a dodge from answering tough questions.

  2. Harper says , those facts are wrong, if they are facts, how can they be wrong?

  3. Canadian Author Michael Harris on Stephen Harper:

    He’s all about deconstructing democracy, channelling public
    money to a venal corporate sector, and kneecapping anyone who gets in the
    way. It’s about turning Canada
    into a militarized petro-state with Beatle music playing in the background.

    h ttp://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/07/01/a-government-running-on-fear/

    • Nadine,
      Michael Harris is well known as a victim of Harper Derangement Syndrome. I would be more shocked to see Harris write something that WASN’T meant to make Harper look bad.

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