Our long national nightmare is over – or is it? Justin Trudeau apologised for his comments about Alberta, saying he meant Conservatives when he said Albertans. Well, then. And so we continue to obsess over it all. Trudeau’s camp tested the sincerity of the apology by immediately putting out a fundraising letter to help them counter the Conservative attack machine. Martin Patriquin dissects the pandering in fantastic style. Andrew Coyne examines the comments and apology alongside those made by David McGuinty, and concludes that in their proper context, McGuitny’s were downright admirable for calling out parochialism, whereas Trudeau’s makes one question the breadth of vision required to govern a country such as ours.
The Premiers concluded their meeting and are talking about collaborating on energy issues, skills training, trade, and infrastructure. Also, Redford and Clark didn’t get into a catfight, and Marois apparently acquitted herself well for her first time out, in case anyone was wondering.
Kady O’Malley Storify’d the goings-on at the Finance Committee with regards to the vote-athon on amendments to Omnibus Budget Bill 2: The Revenge, including Scott Brison’s 14-tweet explanation of why things happened the way they have. Voting finally ended on Friday evening.
Vic Toews sent a strongly worded letter to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson on his inadequate plans to address gender bias in the Force, citing things like still too-low recruitment rates, along with the continued harassment scandals.
The new Fighter Jet Procurement Secretariat appears to be looking at other options besides the F-35s as they’ve set aside the old Statement of Requirements – but they haven’t contacted other manufacturers yet, because they apparently they have all of the information they need.
The Conservative Party has produced copies of the cheques for some of the alleged phantom donors – albeit some for amounts different from the Elections Canada filings, which they chalk up to the cost of the fundraising events themselves. The NDP, nevertheless, want Elections Canada to look into this.
Greg Weston looks at the pragmatism of the government’s alleged new foreign policy plan.
The Victoria by-election, the Conservative candidate has an odd little ad campaign where telegenic people are declaring themselves “a little bit conservative,” and yet the candidate never appears.
Nick Taylor-Vaisey seems to be picking up on my frustration with all of the questions in QP that have nothing to do with government operations, and he too wonders why the Speaker isn’t speaking up about it.
It looks like Marc Garneau will finally launch his leadership campaign by Wednesday. Have your space-related headlines at the ready.
Here is your recap of the political shows last night, featuring three premiers plus as much poring over the entrails of the Trudeau apology as you can possibly handle.
And Stephen Harper decided to render the Diamond Jubilee medal meaningless by giving it to Justin Bieber, who chose to accept the honour while looking like the engine wiper from CP Rail. Thanks for dressing up to receive an award that reflects on the sovereign, you mook.