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What Parliament might want to consider

These are the things that could be on a parliamentary agenda


The House of Commons

January was not a boring time for the Conservative front bench. Stephen Harper went to Israel, where he serenaded the prime minister. Jim Flaherty grew excited about a coming budget surplus, which may be in the billions. Jason Kenney hammered away at his job grant program, which he hopes every province grows to love. Israel! Surplus! Jobs!

Today, parliamentarians return to the House of Commons. What awaits them?

Republicans want to see the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada is offering ever more money to landowners along the pipeline’s proposed route. Ukraine’s opposition movement badly wants western support. Canada’s religious freedom ambassador warns of religious persecution in Ukraine. Canada’s ambassador to China attacked the country for jailing an activist. The Navy’s northern hub is slowly sinking. Conservatives plan further reforms to temporary foreign worker programs. The Canadian Armed Forces seem to be hiring more mental-health workers. Auditor General Michael Ferguson has completed part of his investigation of Senate expenses. Canada Post employees turned out in droves to protest the crown corporation’s planned service cuts and fee hikes. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson complained about parliamentarians’ free mailing privileges in the wake of Canada Post’s cuts. Federal officials warn Canadians against travelling to Sochi, Russia in advance of next month’s Olympics. Federal officials will share cross-border visitors’ data across departments. Ontario’s cabinet and the federal Conservative cabinet seem to be at odds. The feds dropped a request to seal records from a residential school allegedly rife with abuse. A Canadian tortured in Syria is suing the federal government. Public service unions refuse to make concessions on sick-leave benefits. Cuts at federal libraries could lead to a knowledge gap for researchers. The federal corrections ombudsman says the government should restart discussions about prison death prevention. A second train in three weeks derailed in New Brunswick, this time in Saint-Basile.

Welcome back, Parliament. Seems you have some things to talk over.


Globe: U.S. Republicans may force Barack Obama to approve or reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Post: The owners of the Quebec seniors’ home that burned down were applauded at a local church.

Star: Canadian border officials will share the data of cross-border visitors with other departments.

Citizen: Ottawa researchers may have discovered a pair of groundbreaking cancer treatments (not online).

CBC: Daft Punk took home five Grammy Awards.

CTV: A second freight train in three weeks derailed in New Brunswick.

NNW: MP Dean Del Mastro says the government’s claims have devalued the Canadian dollar.


Near: Correctional service meetings into preventing prison deaths quietly came to an end.

Far: Egypt’s voters will elect a new president before they elect a new parliament.


What Parliament might want to consider

  1. When I looked at Mr. Flaherty(mumbles) give his presser today, I wasn’t sure if he was trying to do a comedy monologue or he was half in the bag, the guy was all over the place and still reading from talking points. If the Harper government is not going to release the books for taxpayers to see, than I say to the liberals, hold on to your policy decisions until the writ drops in 2015.

    • Brilliant !
      Even better, if the Liberals have any useful proposals for the economy, then what they could do is make those known around the time of the Budget release. These brilliant ideas from Justin and the boys would be best to come complete with actual numbers, not just blather.
      Oh, and I really like your shot at Flaherty—-he would appreciate that.

      • Let me be clear my friend, nobody but the media, cons and dippers are interested in the grits to show numbers and policy right now. Real liberal voters and voters to be, that are interested in Trudeau right now are only interested in watching him being groomed and how well he can stand up to the other 2. Like harper did(who waited in 2006), he(Trudeau)can hold off until the writ drops to release numbers and policy. If you really want to talk about hair, check out Steve the narcissist ” Helmet Head ” Harper and the 11 million dollars a year it costs for a hairdresser to follow him around the world, and that’s not including the botox the whole conservative party are spending on vanity costs.

        • Don’t forget the Armani suits in the front bench of the Conservatives – these hard working Canadians for Canadians have a lot of time to groom themselves.

          • …Or the gold embossed business cards of ‘Crony’ Tony Clement and John ‘Bear’ Baird.