After one last procedural protest and a final day of debate, the House passed C-38. When all of last week’s votes were tallied, four New Democrats had the best attendance. Wayne Easter said there was no Nazi salute, but Joe Oliver repeated his complaint. Elizabeth May talked about inevitability and challenged Conservative MPs to a quiz. David Wilks explained himself. Irwin Cotler tallied 19 complaints with the budget bill. Marc Garneau sought new rules for omnibus legislation. John Weston saw a failure to communicate. And the Muskoka Watershed Council registered its complaint.
Kevin Page presented the Harper government with a legal opinion, dismissed John Baird’s rebuke and defended his office, while the PBO’s future hung in the balance. Peter Kent turned the government inside out on carbon pricing. Jason Kenney called Alberta’s deputy premier an asshole. Kevin Lamoureux put the bad word on the record. James Lunney quibbled with his government’s cuts to the coast guard. After dismissing opposition complaints, Vic Toews stepped back again. Anonymous oppositions MPs questioned the Speaker and the Speaker reprimanded a Conservative backbencher.
Rona Ambrose promised to check DND’s math. Stephen Harper suggested a new date for the next election. Jim Flaherty fiddled with mortgage again. Martha Hall Findlay challenged supply management and was thus chastised. Megan Leslie and Michelle Rempel exchanged pleasantries. Cabinet shuffle speculation began. And the House adjourned for the summer.
Saturday, June 23, 2012