Two former Progressive Conservative ministers condemned the budget bill’s changes to the Fisheries Act, but Peter Kent was unimpressed. The opposition prepared to make passing that bill as difficult as possible. The finance committee studied C-38’s many changes. The rationale for changing environmental assessments was questioned. And Shelly Glover didn’t want the government’s bigger budget bills to go unrecognized.
We wondered what happened to the bitumen export ban, tallied the latest cuts and noted that Megan Leslie and Michelle Rempel don’t hate each other. Bruce Hyer celebrated independence. Ted Opitz appealed. Ted Menzies segued. Lee Richardson resigned. Joe Oliver promised drinkable water where now there are tailing ponds. Stephen Harper toasted the pronghorn antelope. David Christopherson called Gerry Byrne a “dishonourable crybaby.” Randy Hoback went looking for New Democrats. James Moore looked to the heavens. Thomas Mulcair took a trip to Fort McMurray and came back awed. Lisa Raitt introduced back-to-work legislation and complained about what happened in 1995. And despite dissension in the Conservative ranks and Thomas Mulcair’s complaints, the House ordered the trains to run.
Defeated Conservatives found work. The public was slow to take note of the resource development debate. The Conservatives knew how much changes Old Age Security were going to save and decided to stop studying the F-35. The Harper government limited debate in the House for the 23rd time. A foot was delivered to the Conservative party and a hand was nearly delivered to the Liberal party and the search for a suspect began.