Maclean’s video: This week in QP

Highlights in bickering

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Adrian Wyld/CP

The NDP cast about for something to befuddle the government benches as June wore on in the House of Commons. They cranked up the the rhetoric on a Tory prostitution bill dismissed by sex workers. They attacked the Tory economic record. They asked just how many Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Fair questions, all, but nothing that knocked Conservatives off their well-practiced lines. QP is no longer a single-issue affair where the NDP so thrives.

On Monday, NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie hardened her language on Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s sex-work bill.

But much as the NDP used stronger language on prostitution than last week, the party didn’t push the issue this week.

On Tuesday, with the shooting deaths of three Moncton Mounties fresh in the minds of parliamentarians, Tory MP Rob Clarke silenced a fractious House with a tribute to the fallen officers.

On Wednesday, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Prime Minister Stephen Harper duelled in the House of Commons. Mulcair tried to poke holes in the government’s economic record. That attempt was, um, unconvincing. The PM knew it.

Harper took every chance he had on Thursday to bask in a bad news day for the NDP. Mulcair asked how many Syrian refugees had arrived in Canada since the feds announced they’d accept those fleeing civil war. Harper spent most of his time talking about the official opposition.

Any day now, parliament will recess for the summer. Everyone could use the time away. Any day now.

The NDP cranks up criticism of sex-work bill

Rob Clarke tames the House

Harper and Mulcair argue about jobs

Syrian refugees and scoring partisan points

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Maclean’s video: This week in QP

  1. It’s obvious why c-36 isn’t constitutional. Harper is relying on the preamble. Preamble says sex work is SO DANGEROUS, it HAS to be illegal. Recall Harper’s own words re bawdy houses, “they’re not harmful because they’re illegal. they’re illegal because they’re HARMFUL”. Ok, then. So, if sex work is so dangerous that it justifies criminalizing the purchase of sex, how is it that selling sex remains legal? Continuing to allow the selling of sex shows that Harper is just saying words that he doesn’t believe. The Bedford decision demonstrated that paid sex is not so harmful that it justifies state harm (criminalization) anyways. Harper’s really screwed himself on this one. Watch the voting today; if his own MPs vote against c-36, wait for a new Tory leader to emerge. Harper’s off his rocker; contradicts himself in his own bill.

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