The NDP leadership contenders pitched themselves in Montreal. Paul Dewar announced his plan for the next 70. Thomas Mulcair defended his French citizenship and appealed to Quebecers. Peggy Nash considered innovation and infrastructure. Nathan Cullen was endorsed by Fin Donnelly and Alex Atamanenko. Brian Topp considered jobs and the arts and was praised by Peter Keleghan.
The Prime Minister announced Economic Action Plan 2012. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries offered their advice. The Finance Minister eschewed austerity. The government planned cuts to Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Steven Fletcher stepped away. Irwin Cotler challenged the Justice Minister. Mr. Harper and Dalton McGuinty flirted with a federalism debate. The NDP rang Lise St-Denis’ constituents. And the Prime Minister worried about Iran.
Keystone was rejected to mixed reaction. The government’s foreign aid commitments were questioned and criticized. MP pensions were put up for debate. The Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board had an existential crisis. The Harper government threw the first punch. Legalizing marijuana was complicated. Bob Rae talked to Strombo. Peter MacKay preemptively castrated the Defence Department. Alex Himelfarb considered austerity. And Eric Grenier noted the motivation gap.