QP Live: The PM’s off to Europe

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For the better part of the last two weeks, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Prime Minister Stephen Harper went toe-to-toe in Question Period. The exchanges were often a sight to behold. Now, Harper’s on his way to Europe, and he won’t return to the House until the fall session. That means lingering questions related to the Wright-Duffy affair, the broader Senate scandal, and today’s other headlines—the government’s electronic surveillance program, for example—will be left to the PM’s designated spokesman. Defence Minister Peter MacKay will, if he’s in the House, answer for the surveillance program.
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