The shouted word “appalling” was apparently quite audible to those watching Question Period on television this afternoon, not that it wasn’t quite audible to those of us in the House. For the record, that was Carolyn Bennett, objecting to the Health Minister’s that there was no pandemic preparedness plan until the Harper government took power. As Ms. Bennett explained, less loudly, afterwards, there has apparently been such a plan since 1988.
Finally, the Defence Minister used the term “spurrilous” to describe certain allegations made by NDP MP Jack Harris. This is believed to be a new word, invented by Mr. MacKay, derived from the adjectives scurrilous and spurious.