This is the week that was

The NDP took on the budget bill and called on the government to split it. I talked to Peter Van Loan and recalled Speaker Lamoureux’s ruling. Elizabeth May and Scott Brison panned the bill. The debate went on. The Conservatives and New Democrats negotiated. Nathan Cullen was hopeful, but a deal was rejected and so the games began. The bill’s environmental ramifications were noted and reviewed. The opposition foreshadowed a long fight. The battle moved to the environment committee. And Ms. May got her turn to speechify.

Thomas Mulcair mused of Dutch Disease and then tried to explain himself. The Speaker dismissed Bob Rae’s complaint. The Conservatives attacked the shadow cabinet. Peter Kent stopped trying to make jokes. Julian Fantino refused to acknowledge reality. Jacques Gourde missed Gilles Duceppe. And Dan Albas fought partisan over-simplification.

The environment commissioner found the government lacking in a plan to fight greenhouse gases. A 36-year lifecycle cost estimate for the F-35 remained elusive. A government source suggested it might never come. The Parliamentary Budget Officer was stymied. The government’s immigration legislation was amended. Opponents of abortion rallied. The Conservatives rallied behind private members’ bills. And the Defence Department’s accounting was questioned anew.

Gerald Caplan recalled J.S. Woodsworth. And Scott Clark questioned the budget cuts.