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QP Live: They can’t even talk about a park politely

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Adrian Wyld/CP

Adrian Wyld/CP

Some day, generations from now, children and their parents will become happily lost in the extraordinary wilderness of Rouge Urban National Park. The park, once Parliament finally decides to pass enabling legislation into law, will stretch from the mouth of the Rouge River in southeastern Scarborough, Ont., into the far reaches of the river’s watershed north of Toronto. It will allow anyone who wishes an escape from the urban jungle. Those families will be in heaven. The park will likely cover a vast parcel of land that crosses municipalities and, of course, federal ridings. Today, parliamentarians debated C-40, the bill that would go some way to establishing that natural wonderland.

Only it wasn’t so easy to discuss things politely. The House is nearing summer recess, and politicians in the chamber are even more heckle-prone than usual. Witness about five minutes of proceedings earlier today. Let’s hope those families of the future don’t read Hansard.

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