Roundup: Blocking the Auditor General

The House of Commons (as its own entity rather than its occupants) is taking the Auditor General to Federal Court to block an Access to Information request around his correspondence for his committee appearances. The House says this is about parliamentary privilege, and the AG says that privilege doesn’t extend to his office. Kady O’Malley delves further into this, but it does seem unlikely that the Courts could even weigh in on this, and there is also that wee little fact that Parliament is a court in and of itself. Both the PMO and the Liberals say that they’re willing to waive privilege in this case. It was later revealed that the NDP were the originators of said ATIP request, which just makes this all the more curious.

Iran has responded to our embassy closures, and calls it “unwise, uncivilised, and hostile.” Brian Stewart looks at some of the possible intelligence that may have prompted the pullout, and wonders if it wasn’t threats on Canadian soil that they were more concerned with. The ousted Iranian charé d’affairs insists that they did nothing wrong. Meanwhile, Thomas Mulcair seems to be distancing himself from some of Paul Dewar’s comments regarding the embassy closures.

Apparently General Tom Lawson, the incoming Chief of Defence Staff, has not had any lengthy discussions around the F-35s.

Joe Oliver says that there’s no need for a national energy strategy because the federal government already has one. Okay then.

The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has opened an actual investigation into the issue of Harper’s Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, and his connections with Barrick Gold. Maybe she won’t actually just read the Act extremely narrowly and determine it’s not her problem. Maybe.

Stéphane Dion warns against underestimating or appeasing the PQ.

An expert on the Avro Arrow says that any attempts to modernise it, especially with new materials, will render the old data meaningless and an attempt to revive it would essentially mean starting from scratch.

Oh, Rob Anders. Comparing the War of 1812 against the current “warfare against Islamic terrorism”? Really? Really?

And Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have arrived in Canada for a seven-day “working visit” to meet with the charities and community groups that they are patrons of, as well as the military regiments for whom they serve as Colonels-in-chief.