Roundup: What fake parts?

The Americans discovered a problem that some of their military hardware was being sold to them with counterfeit parts, most of them from China. We buy most our military hardware from the Americans. So what is DND doing about this possible threat? Nothing. You’re welcome, Canada.

The Conservatives have consented to allowing ten different committees study aspects of the Omnibus budget bill, for what it’s worth. The NDP moved a motion to break it up into eleven parts, not that the government will take them up on it. Meanwhile, John Geddes parses what the changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act means, and why the government talking points about it aren’t really all that accurate.

Not unsurprisingly, the recession derailed the government’s debt retirement plans, and even less surprising is the fact that they haven’t come up with any new plans. Seeing as long-term planning isn’t really this government’s forte and all.

Speaking of deficit reduction, Harper personally took interest in the inadequate plan that the military presented for their own reductions, and there is some discussion as to what it all means.

What’s that? Gang recruitment is going up in prisons while the populations increase, resulting in more double-bunking and insufficient capacity for programming? You don’t say!

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is holding off on taking the government to court until he receives the comprehensive legal opinion on his mandate that he requested prior to this showdown.

The former Commons law clerk believes that Parliament needs “fair play” rules to protect is privilege – and its brand – and to keep MPs from shooting themselves in the foot when they create partisan extra-judicial committee proceedings that end up hurting the reputations of others simply because they have unlimited free speech protected.

It seems that Jeffrey Delisle’s motivations for spying on behalf of the Russians stems from his marriage breaking down after his wife cheated on him and he became “dead inside,” and that it really wasn’t about the money.

Here’s a look at how the Jamaican monarchy differs from the Canadian monarchy, and why Jamaica’s plans to abolish their monarchy has little relevance to any such sentiment in Canada.

Here is the recap of last night’s political talk shows.

And in a piece you absolutely must read, Andrew Coyne explains the Business of Supply, and why it’s a Very Big Deal that the increasing practice governments to confuse the issues and provide all manner of different figures that obscure and obfuscate spending is undermining the very point of Parliament.

Up today: The Supreme Court decision on the Etobicoke Centre election. Exciting!