If you closed your eyes for a week, you missed a bunch of news in Ottawa. John Baird’s abrupt resignation as foreign minister forced a shuffle with some big names: Rob Nicholson took over Baird’s old gig; Jason Kenney took Nicholson’s old job, and he’ll now answer for Canadian airstrikes in Iraq; and Pierre Poilievre, the man who obstinately marshalled the Fair Elections Act through the Commons, took on Kenney’s old portfolio at employment and social development. A Conservative MP named Eve Adams became a Liberal, and it’s hard to tell whose day she made better when she switched teams. The government forced through a motion that could endanger the supremacy of Parliament. And all of this comes as low oil prices continue to foreshadow frightening times ahead.
Out of the morass rises Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells, who makes sense of the madness before your very eyes. He’ll join us for a live chat on Feb. 18 at 1:15 p.m. and answer your burning questions about what’s happening in as an election year revs up. Add your questions to the chat box below, or tweet them to @InklessPW on Twitter. Wells will answer as many questions as he can in 45 minutes—conveniently the same length as each day’s question period.