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QP Live: The day after a Conservative quit caucus

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Maclean’s is your home for the daily political theatre that is Question Period, when opposition and government MPs trade barbs and take names for 45 minutes every day. Today, QP runs from 2:15 p.m. until just past 3 p.m. We tell you who to watch, we stream it live, and we liveblog all the action. Once a week, we’ll feature a guest blogger to sort through the madness. The whole thing only matters if you participate. Read our morning tease to catch up on the issues of the day, and then chime in on Twitter with #QP.

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As if the Conservatives weren’t playing defence enough, what with persistent opposition pressure with respect to the Wright-Duffy affair continuing day after day, the party lost an MP, Edmonton’s Brent Rathgeber. He was fed up with the PMO’s treatment of his private member’s bill that sought to disclose the salaries of highly paid public servants. In a blog post, he also expressed long-simmering frustration with control exerted by the prime minister’s staff. All of this comes as a confident NDP Leader, Tom Mulcair, confronts Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the Senate expense scandal that just won’t go away.
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