Roundup: Beginning the bullying debate

MPs will be debating an NDP private members’ motion on creating a committee to develop a national strategy to prevent bullying.

A justice department study shows that gun crime costs the country $3.1 billion per year. The study authors did note, however, that the problems are complex and that a costing analysis is not a substitute for policy formulation.

The government has consistently said it’s a myth that the free trade deal with Europe would increase drug prices in Canada, but as it turns out, their own analysis has said that one of the three contested sections could increase drug prices in Canada by up to $2 billion per year. But nothing has been decided, they continue to insist.

Stephen Harper and Pauline Marois’ first meeting was “cordial,” and “almost warm,” apparently. Both agreed to respect provincial jurisdiction, so that’s handy. Elsewhere at the Francophonie Summit in the Congo, Harper has been speaking about human rights issues – but not in public, apparently, unlike French president François Hollande. Harper did say that he wants the next summit to be held in a democratic country.

The government has determined that in the event those pipelines to the west coast get blocked, that there are no regulatory barriers to shipping crude to tidewater by way of rail.

It seems there is a government “manual” on how to interpret the Canada Health Act, which includes the ability for private delivery of services. Not that it will really be used, since health care is the third rail in politics and every party has created their own interpretations of the Act to suit their purposes.

It appears that at least one judge on the Immigration and Refugee Board has been copy-pasting his decisions, which is a Very Bad Thing.

Hansard is getting an updated online presence, with access to audio and video clips embedded in it – well, so long as you’re using Internet Explorer, anyway.

The Canadian Museum of Civilisation is about to be rebranded to focus more specifically on Canadian history.

Charlie Angus doesn’t much care for the fact that Susan Truppe had a scholarship set up in her name with corporate sponsors. The Ethics Commissioner said it could be considered a gift, which might then contravene the rules, but won’t say much more than that.

Former Bank of Canada Governor James Coyne passed away this weekend. Coyne (father of columnist Andrew) pushed back against the Diefenbaker government’s interference in the central bank, and is why we now have an independent Bank of Canada, which became a model for the world. John Geddes takes the opportunity to note the value of non-partisan public servants, and how Coyne was a reminder of their value.

Here’s a look at the political couple of Geoff and Kelly Regan – he’s a federal MP, she’s a provincial MLA – and how they manage their joint political lives.

Here is your recap of the Sunday morning politics shows.

And in the wake of revelations of just how much this government has been spending on advertising, Susan Delacourt looks into the phenomenon and sees a government that is permanently set on “send” and rarely on “receive.” Tabatha Southey, meanwhile, casts it in the light of the government behaving like the most passive-aggressive-girlfriend-ever.