This is the week that was

Peter Kent tried to explain the farce. We looked back on some great moments in farce—see here, here, here and here—and clarified the Prime Minister’s reporting. Greg Fingas questioned Mr. Kent’s math. And Michelle Rempel, Megan Leslie and Elizabeth May debated.

After MPs chose sides—see hereherehere, here and here—Motion 312 was defeated. Stephen Woodworth vowed to fight on. The NDP claimed a victory. The Campaign Life Coalition deemed it a sad day for Canada. Opposition MPs questioned Rona Ambrose’s vote. Mark Warawa tabled the next fight. MPs on all sides explained their votes, but Ms. Ambrose didn’t talk about hers. Her parliament secretary said it was time to move on. Tim Powers suggested Ms. Ambrose had erred in not explaining herself.

Conservative MPs in British Columbia didn’t want to talk about coast guard cuts. Tony Clement needed help interacting with Twitter. John Baird signed a memorandum of understanding for enhancing mutual support at missions abroad. Brad Trost thought about empowering backbenchers. Thomas Mulcair condemned the defeat of an NDP motion. Justin Trudeau didn’t have anything to announce, but he might soon. And Jim Flaherty again asked the private sector to spend.

The EI algebra was difficult to explain. Chungsen Leung was outraged by the views of some people he invited to the immigration committee. Jim Prentice encouraged the Harper government to consult on pipelines. The Prime Minister explained his view of the world. The Harper government declined to draw red lines around Iran. Eric Grenier reviewed the partisanship of members’ statements. Keith Beardsley explained how members’ statements got that way. W5 investigated the F-35. And Scott Clark and Peter DeVries considered omnibus budget bills.

And Omar Khadr returned home.

Previous weeks that were here.