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This is the week that was


 

Romeo Saganash proposed tax reform and then quit the race. Paul Dewar talked taxes, blasted the government’s policy on torture, planned to win and said no to war with Iran. Nathan Cullen talked to us. Peggy Nash produced her own plan to win. Thomas Mulcair explained his foreign policy. The spectre of Stephane Dion loomed. Ian Bushfield quibbled with Mr. Cullen’s plans. And more MPs chose sides.

The OAS debate continued. The NDP persisted in asking simple questions. The Conservatives opposed raising the retirement age before they were (theoretically) in favour. Protesters occupied MPs’ offices. The Conservatives tried to undermine the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Jim Flaherty tried to explain, but the government tried to pretend he hadn’t said anything.

The race for Toronto-Danforth began. The Charter proved influential. The government prevented Elizabeth May from paying tribute to Vaclav Havel. The Prime Minister’s rhetoric on Iran was worth comparing to his rhetoric on Iraq. The McGuinty and Harper governments traded blame for Electro-Motive. The NDP targeted the Prime Minister. And the House voted in favour of unimpeded floor-crossing.

Stephen Woodworth challenged the definition of a human being. Vic Toews directed CSIS that it could make use of information obtained via torture, then explained his position using a ticking time bomb scenario. Larry Miller likened the gun registry to Hitler’s Germany, apologized and then reiterated his comparison. Irwin Cotler challenged the Speaker to take action. Christine Moore spoiled Julian Fantino’s rhetoric. Greg Rickford spun. Mr. Fantino was holy.

Roland Paris wondered if we were ready to go to war with Iran. Charles Pierce considered the rhetoric and reality of Keystone. And this week has four sketches.


 

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