This is the week that was


The NDP leadership contenders made their first impressions. Bruce Hyer napped. Robert Chisholm defended his unilingualism. Paul Dewar proposed a new kind of vote subsidy. Thomas Mulcair pitched cap-and-trade.

Chuck Strahl complicated John Duncan’s timeline. The citizens of Attawapiskat turned away the auditor, who’s costing them $1,300 per day. Peter MacKay had a history with helicopter rides. The Liberals double-checked. A retired major came to the minister’s defence. And the minister threatened to sue. Peter Goldring became an independent. MPs failed in their duty. And Jim Hillyer celebrated (and then kind of tried to sort of apologize).

The Speaker ruled on disturbances in the House. Irwin Cotler picked a fight with his shadow. Bob Rae called out triumphalism. The federal court rebuked the Conservatives. Peter Kent took on the world. The Senate seemed in no rush to pass the government’s crime bill, which was once more lamented. The auditor general was unloved. And the Afghan detainee controversy came full circle.

Bruce Anderson ripped the Conservative campaign against Irwin Cotler. Greg Weston figured cynicism would save Peter MacKay. Mark Jarvis offered more ways to save the House of Commons. Carolyn Bennett recalled old complaints. James Bowden referred us to the rule book. Samara tallied public frustration. Andrew Potter questioned the public’s impressions. Dan Arnold questioned Paul Dewar’s pursuit of gender equality.


This is the week that was

  1.  Peter Kent took on the world.

    “The Durban Platform sets out a process to negotiate a new climate change treaty that would create binding commitments for all major emitters,” he said Sunday.

    (Harper Govt won 6 Fossil of the Year awards in a row for taking this stand. Now the world agrees)

    • Heh…you’re fast with the talking points, but other people actually watched the conference.

      Kent was a nuisance everybody ignored as they extended the Kyoto he wanted to relegate to the past.

      Europe proposed and China said it would be flexible.  We knew then they had a deal.

      • And you think Canada can be ‘forced’ to comply to Kyoto extension because the EU said they would? The agreement Chretien signed is over in 2012, and thusly so is the committment to Kyoto.

        ‘..The Kyoto agreement, signed and ratified by virtually all of the countries, apart from the United States, in 1997, will be extended, but will not have the participation of Canada, Russia and Japan..’

        He also said Canada would not contribute “scarce dollars” to a Green Climate Fund until all major emitters accept binding reduction targets….”

        • Heh…now you think you’re running the world eh?


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