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The QP clip: Why Canada won’t bid for the security council

The exchange you can’t miss from this afternoon’s Question Period

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NDP MP Paul Dewar, his party’s foreign affairs critic, stood with some confidence to ask Foreign Affair Minister John Baird why the government wouldn’t bid for an open seat at the UN Security Council in 2014.

In his reply, Baird mistakenly referred to Dewar as “this minister,” when he presumably meant “member.” That’s the second such slip in recent days from the government benches. Last week, under pressure from NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen, Defence Minister Peter MacKay made reference to an “NDP government” that never was.

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