This is the week that was

by Aaron Wherry

Martin Singh touted himself as the pro-business candidate. Thomas Mulcair touted himself as Stephen Harper’s nightmare and a man who can say no to organized labour. Paul Dewar unveiled his urban agenda and worked the room in Toronto. And Peggy Nash joined the race with two objectives.

There was yet another reason to question the purchase of new F-35s. David Anderson tried to explain the Canadian Wheat Board with a cartoon. More emails meant more questions for Tony Clement, which Deepak Obhrai and Pierre Poilievre promptly threw themselves in front of. Stephen Harper worried about the global economy. And the government pledged to destroy all traces of the long-gun registry, while the Victims Ombudsman defended the registry’s usefulness.

Gerry Ritz and Pat Martin traded insults. The murder rate fell again. The Liberals objected to the new auditor general’s unilingualism. David Christopherson tried to get Peter MacKay to answer a simple question. Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec got more MPs (and much agonizing ensued). Debate was cut short, again. Raffi made a song of Jack Layton’s last letter. The privacy commissioner questioned the government’s urge for “lawful access.” And the government’s commitment to gay rights was debated.

Stephen Maher searched for the G8 Legacy Fund paper trail. Donald Savoie wondered what non-partisan procurement meant for ministerial accountability. Barrie McKenna questioned the Harper government’s commitment to the free market. Stephen Gordon quibbled with taxing the rich. Frank Graves warned of our coming gerontocracy. Chris Auld debunked the idea that healthier living leads to lower health care costs. Jeff Jedras argued that democracy has to be reformed.

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