Roundup: Commence the voting marathon

Today begins the marathon of voting. Kady O’Malley’s estimates are that it should get underway between about 5:45 and 7 pm, depending on how quickly Orders of the Day happen after QP, and then we’re into somewhere around 24 hours worth of votes, again depending on how long each vote takes (the NDP has on several occasions in this parliament dragged out votes themselves by rising very slowly when their turns come).

Uh oh – timestamped call logs are showing that Dean Del Mastro’s version of what happened in regards to the election expenses he’s now under investigation for may not quite line up. He claims the cheque was based on a quote for services that he eventually cancelled and was refunded for, but we’re still waiting for confirmation of that.

Here’s a look at what’s left on the government’s legislative agenda, and what they’re going to look at pushing through before they rise at the end of next week.

A Liberal senator is raising the issue of the media getting answers to a question he raised to the Canada Revenue Agency, when they wouldn’t give those same answers to him.

And the CBC looks into the grassroots movements to “unite the left” for the next election, which still seems like an awfully dubious manoeuvre, since you can’t form a government simply on the basis of ousting the guy in charge at the moment. That’s some mighty thin policy gruel to base any kind of educated choice upon. Not to mention that the Liberals really aren’t a “left” party (nor are the Greens really, considering how many former Progressive Conservatives make up the party), “unity” candidates would lose just as many Liberal votes to the Conservatives because there are a lot of fiscal conservatives in the Liberal party who would never stomach a vote for the NDP. I know people think that this kind of “unity “ movement would be a magic bullet, but it seems to lack a grounding in either reality or how our political process works.

Up today: The Auditor General releases his report into Parliamentary spending in both the House of Commons and the Senate. Also, the Liberal party brass will have their meeting to determine the date and details of their upcoming leadership contest.