On Monday, Tom Mulcair talked about cheating. On Tuesday, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau jabbed each other with jokes about political conventions. Today, party caucuses meet and, per tradition, rile themselves up. Backbenchers will practice their hollering and heckling in front of mirrors across the parliamentary precinct. Possibly, they’ll joke about Rob Ford and scary coalitions. Probably, they’ll accuse each other of cheating, explicitly or otherwise. Later, they’ll debate the democratic chaos in Ukraine, a timely reminder of how lucky they are to even sit where they sit.
The NDP will continue to lavish attention on Pierre Poilievre’s electoral reform initiative. The Liberals will continue to talk about the middle class, and spray their opposition at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
In the news
Canada’s big-city mayors are in Ottawa, looking to bend the federal government’s ear on municipal issues. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will lead a delegation to Ukraine, where a transition government will soon run the country’s affairs.
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