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Politics and its Discontents: She Asked For It

Kellie Leitch has made her ‘values test’ a central issue in her leadership campaign, and Evan Solomon, now host of CTV’s Question Period, asked a logical question about her politics of division and exclusion. However, as you will see, Leitch clearly la… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: She Asked For It

Alberta Politics: Start work at 9 in the morning? Never! Alberta’s Wildrose picks another great hill to die on

PHOTOS: You want me to be at the Legislature when? A young Brian Jean contemplates the horrors of a future under an NDP government. Younger versions of Alberta political leaders may not have appeared exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Jean as he appears today; NDP Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Brian Mason; Wildrose House . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Start work at 9 in the morning? Never! Alberta’s Wildrose picks another great hill to die on

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ask Liberals to “apologize for decades of racism”

The Harper Conservatives accuse the Liberals of “decades of racism” dating back to Liberal PM Mackenzie King, who served from 1921 to 1930 and 1935 to 1948.

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives Kill NDP Motion To Civilize Question Period

On Tuesday, the House voted 144-132 to defeat an NDP motion seeking to empower the Speaker to police irrelevant answers during Question Period.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

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Politics and its Discontents: Paul Calandra Apologizes

After his disgraceful behaviour the other day in the House during Question Period, Parliamentary Secretary and ardent Harper loyalist Paul Callandra issued a ‘tearful’ apology this morning. For me, his motives are suspect:

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP, Commons Speaker Desecrated Parliament

A simple question by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during Question Period led to a bizarre exchange with a Conservative MP and exposed House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer’s incompetence and lack of neutrality.

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Alberta Diary: Miraculously, no one trampled as Tories race for Alberta Legislature’s exits

Alison Redford crashes through the Alberta Legislature. Below: Frightened and relieved, Alberta Progressive Conservative MLAs race from the vicinity of the Legislative Building in Edmonton yesterday; Nostradamus; Moses. Actual Alberta politicians and legislative architectural renderings may not appear exactly as illustrated.

It must have seemed a little like the panic scene in post-war . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Miraculously, no one trampled as Tories race for Alberta Legislature’s exits

CuriosityCat: The Senate Scandal: How to hold the Prime Minister to account in Question Period

Thomas Mulcair in Question Period

The leader of the NDP has done Canadians, and Canadian democracy, a service through his dogged, skillful, meticulous and highly professional questions posed to the Prime Minister during Question Period. Mulcair has clearly spent a great deal of time researching the facts of the Sentate expenses scandal, reviewing previous . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Senate Scandal: How to hold the Prime Minister to account in Question Period

Susan on the Soapbox: Debt is debt, except when it’s hope

Sometimes Question Period is downright funny. Witness this exchange on the provincial debt between Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Premier Redford.*

Ms Smith: In Medicine Hat earlier this month the Premier said this about debt: it’s not debt; it’s hope. So let’s take some of the Premier’s other quotes and sub in “hope” for . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Debt is debt, except when it’s hope

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO]

During Question Period on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked Stephen Harper whether the feds would still approve Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway Pipeline, now officially rejected by British Columbians. WATCH:

Elizabeth May:

Mr. Speaker, in 2001, the Prime Minister wrote a famous letter to the former premier of Alberta, which he urged him . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO]

The Canadian Progressive: NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Grills PM Harper On Senate Expenses Scandal (VIDEO)

Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper fled to South America to avoid the unraveling Senate expenses scandal. On Monday, he skipped Question Period in the House of Commons. He did show up in the House on Tuesday and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair roasted him. Prosecutor style. Short, precise questions.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: During Question Period in the House of Commons last week, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen questioned Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s voting record on defence spending when the Conservatives…

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Susan on the Soapbox: Ms Soapbox’s Great Adventure—Off to the Leg (it rhymes with “edge”)

Last week Ms Soapbox was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Liberal MLA, Laurie Blakeman, the oldest (as in longest-serving, not age!) opposition MLA. Ms Blakeman noted that Ms Soapbox was a lawyer but said the House wouldn’t hold that against her. Ms Soapbox stood to receive the “traditional warm welcome” of the Assembly. The . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Ms Soapbox’s Great Adventure—Off to the Leg (it rhymes with “edge”)

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Martyn Brown, Former Chief of Staff for Premier Gordon Campbell, has told Jon McComb, on ‘The World Today’ CKNW 980, that Premier Clark must step down.

Premier Clark told legislative reporters, this afternoon, that she will have to take more actions possibly including resigning as Premier.

The last few Question . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Cowichan Conversations: Time To Reform Our Dysfunctional Legislature – Our Democracy Has Been Handcuffed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Watching ‘Question Period’ the other day what struck me once again was the dysfunctional performance of the legislature.

The legislatures role has been diminished, often governments calling them into session only when they must to jam their legislation through.

It is a critical element of a parliamentary democracy and it . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Time To Reform Our Dysfunctional Legislature – Our Democracy Has Been Handcuffed

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Niki Ashton: “New Canadian Wheat Board ad symbolizes the Conservative agenda”

Tell your friends to pull offensive CWB ad: Ashton calls on Ritz to act by Niki Ashton MP (Press Release) | Feb. 6, 2013: OTTAWA – Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to pull an offensive Canadian Wheat Board ad. The ad titled Still on the Fence?, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Niki Ashton: “New Canadian Wheat Board ad symbolizes the Conservative agenda”

Alberta Diary: Great Plains Politics 101: Why everything new in Alberta’s Legislature must be old again

Perfesser Dave with Gene Zwozdesky, a.k.a. Mr. Speaker, the Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, with that rara avis, a recent Alberta Throne Speech. But not the one for March 5, 2013. Quick quiz: Why is that? Below: Alberta Premier Alison Redford in a screen grab from last week’s “State of the Province” address.

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My journey with AIDS...and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

somecanuckchick dot com: Unanswered Questions: When did Question Period become Non-Answer Period?

I remember a time, not so long ago, when questions asked in the House of Commons — during Question Period — received answers.

You remember, right?

I didn’t just imagine it, did I?

Q. When did Question Period become Non-Answer Period?

A. On February 6, 2006 when Stephen Harper and his first cabinet were . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Unanswered Questions: When did Question Period become Non-Answer Period?

Politics, Re-Spun: Springtime for Hitler in Ottawa

 

Last week, our favourite sweatervest hoarding Prime Minister made the world’s laziest Nazi/Hitler invocation during Question Period. This is the latest in a string of Hitler references made by sundry politicos in Ottawa during 2012, and we’re not even half way through the year. His gaffe brought jeers and tears of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Springtime for Hitler in Ottawa

Slap Upside The Head: Ah, Question Period

The subject of Canada’s new trans-unfriendly airport screening regulations was brought up in the House of Commons during question period this week. Check out these videos of Randall Garrison and Dany Morin speaking in support of trans Canadians amidst jeers from the Conservative party, as well as a clip from Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, who . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Ah, Question Period

And The Harpercon Hits Just Keep On Coming! Peter Kent: Basically, If I Don’t Know What it Is, It Can’t Be Important

Well, boys ‘n’ girls, we have a science and technology minister in ol’ Gary Goodyear who is a creationist and doesn’t believe in evolution. Ok, not all that surprising, given the gang of Christian evangelicals in our government.

Now, it appears that our very own environment minister, Peter Kent, is actually making Rona . . . . . → Read More: And The Harpercon Hits Just Keep On Coming! Peter Kent: Basically, If I Don’t Know What it Is, It Can’t Be Important

Two political extremes battle it out in Parliament during Question Period

Job loss, poverty and strikes were at the top of the agenda as the N.D.P. and the Conservatives broke out in debate during Question Period yesterday. . . . → Read More: Two political extremes battle it out in Parliament during Question Period