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QP Live: When all the reporters were looking at a budget

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The Maclean’s Ottawa bureau is entirely consumed by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s latest budget. As we pore over the documents behind closed doors, we leave Question Period in your hands. To you, we pass the responsibility of analyzing the various claims and insults lobbed by our parliamentarians. Regularly scheduled programming, complete with Maclean’s voices, resumes tomorrow.

Maclean’s is your home for the daily political theatre that is Question Period, when MPs trade barbs and take names for 45 minutes every day. If you’ve never watched, check out our primer, which we produced with J-Source. Today, QP runs from 2:15 p.m. until just past 3. We tell you who to watch, we stream it live, and we liveblog all the action. The whole thing only matters if you participate. Chime in on Twitter with #QP.


A silence falls over Ottawa as the annual ritual of selling a budget begins anew. Question Period is not today’s main event, problematic though that might be for Canadian democracy.




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