This is the week that was -

This is the week that was

Aaron Wherry on seven days in the life of Parliament


While the search for solutions to violent crime continued, Stephen Harper met with Rob Ford and challenged the courts. The crime rate continued to decline and Vic Toews claimed credit.

Christy Clark unleashed pie charts and prerequisites on the Northern Gateway pipeline. Alison Redford was unimpressed. Ms. Clark was likewise. In expressing their dismay, Jason Kenney and John Baird turned tollgate into a verb. And Brent Rathgeber deemed the BC Premier disingenuous.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam said it was time to bring Omar Khadr back to Canada and her interviewer was compelled to explain himself. Pat Martin tweeted about pawn shops. Bob Rae feuded with Bill Maher. Bal Gosal explained the Harper government’s commitment to sports. Dave Van Kesteren differentiated himself in not calling for a wind-farm moratorium. The premiers saw a $36-billion cut in health care funding. The Police Officer Recruitment Fund expired. The Broadbent Institute remembered Jack Layton. Defence officials pondered the nature of political truth. Tax avoidance was complicated. A new Conservative candidate emerged in Calgary Centre. Bruce Carson was charged. And Romeo Dallaire marked a ten-year anniversary for Omar Khadr.

We dismissed the idea of politicizing tragedy. Rachel Giese considered the connection between immigration and crime. Rick Salutin searched for the essence of democracy. Sarah Schmidt reviewed the recent history of rejection at the Health department. Harry Swain explained what needed to be done to build a pipeline to the Pacific. And Susan Delacourt noted the public’s complicated relationship with partisanship.

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