The QP Clip: Mulcair and Harper on Senate reform

The exchange you can’t miss from this afternoon’s Question Period

by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

 

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had already exchanged words about Senate reform in Question Period. Mulcair asked a supplementary about human rights in Sri Lanka, but preempted it with another jab at Harper on the Senate. Harper responded to the Senate charge first, before he addressed Sri Lanka.

MulcairMr. Speaker, that is rich coming from a party that used unelected senators to overturn Jack Layton’s climate change bill duly enacted by the Parliament of Canada. In 2009 the international community failed spectacularly to prevent atrocities committed against Tamil civilians in the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The government of Sri Lanka has refused to accept accountability for these events ever since. If no investigation occurs as being asked for right now in the United Nations, will the Prime Minister commit to stay away from the upcoming Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo?

Harper: Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. It is this party that is trying to get the Senate elected; it is that party which is resisting Senate elections. We all know why. It is not because of abolition because those members have never actually seriously proposed it. It is because we know, as we knew during the 2008-09 coalition exercise, they want to appoint their own senators. That is why. In terms of the question on Sri Lanka, as the House knows, I have indicated that unless changes occur in Sri Lanka I will not be attending the Commonwealth summit there. I am concerned with further developments since I made that statement which are taking that country in a worse direction.




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The QP Clip: Mulcair and Harper on Senate reform

  1. I am disappointed with the Conservatives for not managing to say that someone supports child pornographers.

    • Give them time, they’ll get to it. For instance, Diane Finlay stated at least a couple of times today that the NDP is supporting cheaters. I wonder if she feels any sense of irony as she goes home to her husband, one of the most high-profile cheaters in the land.

  2. Harper actually thinks the coalition for the NDP was all about getting to appoint some senators. Jeez is it just a bad day for him? He’s sounding about as loopy as most of his faithful followers do most of the time. Lame. Real lame.

    • Of course he doesn’t think that. He just hasn’t had a chance to use the “coalition bad” meme in a while, and couldn’t figure out how to fit in “carbon tax”, so…

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