This is the week that was

Aaron Wherry sums up the week in six paragraphs and 39 links

Recalling what Stephen Harper wanted to do in 2008, Megan Leslie made the Prime Minister face the farce. Afterwards, Ms. Leslie figured Mr. Harper was confused. Royal Galipeau hoped you weren’t paying attention. The New Democrats continued to publicly shame Conservative backbenchers. We counted down the greatest moments in farce and delved further into the question of revenue.

After the House debated Stephen Harper’s previous position on omnibus legislation, the Harper government tabled another omnibus budget bill. This one impacted numerous pieces of existing legislation. Jim Flaherty challenged everyone to a reading contest, but he was mistaken about the length of his bill. Understanding the spring budget apparently required a decoder ring. And the Conservatives agreed to make at least one change to the bill.

Bob Rae and Stephen Harper bid Dalton McGuinty adieu and Liberals got another possible leader to speculate about. Peter Loewen and Mark Jarvis panned Mr. McGuinty’s prorogation. Mr. Rae opted not to comment and Liberals danced around the question. And Peter Russell accused Mr. McGuinty of contempt.

Alice Wong enjoyed a bowl of shark fin soup. Kelly Block was forced to defend a flyer. Peter Penashue’s election campaign raised more questions.  Mr. Penashue pleaded inexperience. Keith Ashfield suffered a heart attack. Gerry Ritz was asked again to resign. Lincoln Alexander passed away. Peter Goldring quibbled with changes to MP pensions. Christian Paradis made a late night announcement. And Tony Clement rejected reform.

The saga of XL Foods continued. The CFIA defended itself. An audit cast doubt on Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. The Museum of Civilization was renamed. The PBO released a progress report. At least four different weeks were celebrated in one. And the Supreme Court scheduled a ruling on Etobicoke Centre.

And this week had four sketches.