This is the week that was -

This is the week that was


Stephen Harper claimed clarity on the F-35 (an adjective of which he is fond). But the questions remained. Bob Rae compared the government’s accounting to Enron. Stephen Saideman surveyed the situation. The F-35 rocked. The public accounts committee returned and experienced a procedural apocalypse.

Thomas Mulcair hedged on coalition government. Stephen Harper hedged on the war on drugs. Pat Martin apologized. Bob Rae danced. Mr. Mulcair rallied. Mr. Harper quibbled with the Charter and went for a walk on the beach. Mr. Rae celebrated the Charter. James Moore and Rob Nicholson acknowledged its existence. And Mr. Mulcair vowed to do better.

The hunt for Pierre Poutine took another twist. Omar Khadr moved one step closer to coming back. The Harper government gave itself final say on resource projects. Jason Kenney looked to transform immigration. Tony Clement claimed a need to keep budget cuts secret. Cuts to Environment Canada were tallied all the same. The new shadow cabinet was unveiled (and duly scorned and congratulated). The Conservatives invaded Manitoba. Bob Dechert was dispatched to silence the Windsor hum. Taxing the rich proved popular. Olivia Chow reflected on life and death. And Mike Lake sought awareness of autism.

We looked at ministerial accountabilitybringing the commons to the House, the mystery in Thunder Bay and the new shadow cabinet. Alex Himelfarb considered the demise of civil society. Tom Spears explored the government’s approach to transparency. Paper Dynamite reviewed Mr. Mulcair’s views on the Charter. Vicki Huntington considered life as an independent. Sadie Dingfelder reviewed the science of attack ads. Greg Fingas saw hope for the NDP in the west.