This is the week that was

One part of the In-and-Out scandal came to an end with the Conservatives pleading guilty and claiming victory.

Romeo Saganash clarified himself and touted his skill. Niki Ashton asserted herself. Nathan Cullen continued to pitch cooperation. Paul Dewar set out his arts agenda. Peggy Nash won the endorsement of Alexa McDonough.

The Prime Minister, the Governor General, Nycole Turmel and Bob Rae remembered.

Michel Dorais was added to the enemies list. The Prime Minister dismissed provincial concerns and implored everyone to see. Bob Rae endorsed open primaries and dismissed populism. The NDP demanded six more seats for Quebec. Saskatchewan stuck with the incumbent. Jim Flaherty avoided the House, cut an increase in EI premiums and abandoned one campaign promise for the sake of flexibility, thus delaying several other promises. Opposition parties jeered.

Lowell Murray departed on a worrisome note. The victims ombudsman lamented the government’s approach to crime. Julian Fantino championed his government’s crusade. Maxime Bernier kind of dissented, then tried to take it back. Laurin Liu went back to school. Service Canada struggled to serve and Diane Finley tried to explain. The Liberals released a road map to renewal. Veterans worried about funding cuts. Jeff Watson sought profit.

I wrote about the new class and the present House. Stephane Dion considered the past and future of the Liberal party. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries checked the Finance Minister’s work. Alice Funke tallied the campaign spending. Richard Gwyn talked about John A. Jeff Jedras questioned the push for primaries. And Kate Chappell championed the act of voting.

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