Roundup: Up to 579 consecutive votes upcoming

While you’re enjoying your weekend, give pause for the poor clerks in the Commons spending their weekends preparing for report stage voting for the omnibus budget bill. You see, the Bloc has some 22 substantive amendments, Elizabeth May has some 330 amendments tabled, and of the 503 deletion amendments the Liberals submitted and the 506 that the NDP did, well, there’s a lot to go through. Peter Van Loan says that 579 of those don’t overlap, but we need to see how those amendments will be grouped together before the marathon of votes begins sometime next week.

There are new concerns around what happened in that senior’s residence poll in Etobicoke Centre in the last election, as a third version of events surfaces.

The CBC takes a look at the weakening of civilian oversight and the increasing influence of lobbyists with military procurement – especially when it comes to the F-35s.

Despite Larry Miller’s fringe musings, John Baird insists that Canada does have a good relationship with the UN. Paul Dewar – and the rest of his caucus, come to think of it – should be wary about insisting that any MP making fringe comments is somehow reflecting party policy, because, well, people in glass houses, and all of that.

RackNine has decided that Pat Martin’s apology was too little too late, and they’re going ahead with plans to sue him for $5 million.

Here’s an analysis of the EI changes, and how they may not be really effective as there aren’t necessarily jobs to match claimants with in many of those regions, and the data as it exists may not be too helpful given that it doesn’t sort out the job figures in the various regions within provinces, but simply in a province as a whole.

The Supreme Court has ruled against an anti-abortion protester who is trying to defy the injunction against picketing Toronto abortion clinics.

Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry at Maclean’s have an interesting discussion about the Bob Rae question.

The CRTC has a new chairman.

And Susan Delacourt looks at Stephen Harper’s changing attitudes towards the media, and how he may be actually toning down some of his less likeable approaches.