QP: A refusal to apologise

With Harper still in Los Cabos for the G20 meeting, and with Jason Kenney in the news over a curse-laden email, it was up to John Baird to again take on the role as back-up PM du jour. And when Thomas Mulcair kicked off QP by asking whether there would be another omnibus budget bill in the fall – giving the oh-so-clever “more like ominous bill” as part of his answer – to which John Baird touted their focus on jobs and growth. When Mulcair turned to the issues of transparency and accountability in respect to the PBO’s search for data on the cuts (Baird: Yay Accountability Act! Oh, and the PBO has overstepped his mandate). Linda Duncan was up next to give a grave and sanctimonious account of Jason Kenney’s email in which he called the Deputy Premier of Alberta “a complete and utter asshole” – though she couldn’t repeat that in the House. Kenney stood up and not only didn’t apologise, but hit back at Duncan and the NDP for not supporting the development of the oilsands and then once again distorted the “Dutch disease” comments. Bob Rae was then up and wondered why Kenney refused to apologise. Kenney continued to not apologise, but touted his government’s “close working relationship” with Alberta and oh, he got 76 percent of the vote in his riding during the last election – as though that gives him a mandate to insult provincial representatives. Rae idly wondered what Kenney would have called him if he got 80 percent of the vote, but Kenney stuck to his non-apology.

Round two kicked off with Peggy Nash asking about the effects of the omnibus budget bill while preaching to Europe (Glover: You voted against jobs), Don Davies and Romeo Saganash wondered about the “price paid” for entry into TPP negotiations (Keddy: The NDP hates trade), Jack Harris asked about the investigation into a soldier’s suicide (MacKay: This is an issue of solicitor-client privilege), Christine Moore and Matthew Kellway asked about the fighter jet secretariat being made up the same people who mismanaged the procurement process already (Ambrose: Look at all of these qualified people including a former Auditor General). Scott Andrews asked about the Del Mastro allegations (Poilievre: Take it outside!), and Denis Coderre and Kevin Lamoureux returned to the issue of Kenney’s email, Lamoureux going so far as to give the full quote only to have the Speaker remind him he can’t use the word, and Lamoureux stood up to say that as a man, he knows he’s done wrong and apologised (Kenney still didn’t apologise). Hoang Mai asked about corrupt CRA officials (Shea: There is an RCMP investigation and it’s before the courts), and Charlie Angus asked about Del Mastro investigation (Poilievre: What about your own improper union sponsorships?).

Round three saw questions on more RCMP harassment allegations, the CBSA’s surveillance and privacy concerns, the impact of the EI changes on small business owners in seasonal industries, corporate social responsibility in Panama by Canadian mining companies, the Kenney email yet again, federal job cuts on PEI, an international oceans treaty, cuts to regional services, and the lack of an energy policy for Eastern Canada.

Sartorially speaking, snaps go out to Michelle Rempel for a grey striped dress with a black jacket, and to James Bezan for a grey suit with a pin kshirt and pocket square with a pink and grey patterned tie. Style citations go out to the Honourable Member for Warhammer for his tan jacket, brown shirt and grey paisley tie, and to Linda Duncan for a gauzy long top with a green floral pattern, with a light moss skirt.