Roundup: CSIS volunteers to help Vic Toews

The Director of CSIS has generously volunteered to assist Vic Toews in fixing his delayed Lawful Access bill. You can find the redacted letter here.

The federal government has announced that it will appeal the BC court ruling on assisted suicide.

What’s that? Federal bureaucrats weren’t impressed when John Duncan didn’t appear to understand the Attawapiskat file in public? You don’t say!

Colin Horgan at iPolitics tries to get some answers on the new Fighter Jet Secretariat, and Public Works is less than helpful.

Paul Martin fired back at Peter MacKay this week, saying that MacKay needs to deal with his procurement problems rather than simply trying to blame the Liberals. Marc Garneau, meanwhile, reminds us that Harper and Manning were also in favour of cancelling the EH 101 helicopter contract back in 1993 – you know, what MacKay and company are now denouncing the Liberals for doing. Funny that.

Paul Wells wonders what happens if the Northern Gateway pipeline doesn’t come to pass, as more forces line up against it.

Carleton University professor Jonathan Malloy argues why we’ll never have a “Prime Minister’s Club” in Canada the way the Americans do with their presidents.

Michael Ignatieff ponders how liberal democracies should engage with post-Communist tyrannies like Russia and China, and about their precarious stability brought about only by wealth.

And the Library of Parliament is cutting their East Block tours, which included visits to Sir John A. MacDonald’s office and the original office of the Governor General. Because it’s not like we don’t have enough of a crisis when it comes to a lack of historical knowledge in this country, we need to make it worse on the alter of austerity. Slow clap, everyone.