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QP Live: Can Wright-Duffy outlast Ford in Ottawa?

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The Prime Minister had to say something about Rob Ford. Stephen Harper’s office called Ford’s crisis “troubling,” which is about as benign as concern gets. His spokesman said the boss is no fan of illicit drug use, and guess who else admitted to doing drugs? Indeed, Justin Trudeau and Toronto’s angry mayor are two men who have admitted to smoking drugs, so lumped together they shall be. Meanwhile, the NDP has somehow escaped the House’s crack-pot war on drugs. They’re probably more concerned with Senate scandal, as is that party’s historic wont. Prepare for more direct questions and “crystal clear” statements about who know what, and when, about that infamous cheque Nigel Wright gave to Sen. Mike Duffy.

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Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry all have eyes on the chamber as the proceedings get underway.


If the PM shows up, he’ll be on his feet frequently as NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, if he shows up, will be on his feet frequently. Senate expense scandals are still in vogue in Ottawa.