Roundup: Witness protection without oversight

The government introduced new witness protection legislation yesterday that the opposition sounds to largely be in favour of, though the proposal doesn’t include any provision for external review or oversight, which shouldn’t really be a surprise given this government’s apparent dislike of such things.

The PBO produced a report on public sector compensation for the sake of having baseline figures to use when looking at the impact of job cuts to government expenditures. And yes, he found some interesting figures about how its growth outpaced inflation and other levels of government. But all everyone will see is the “average $114K” figure, not think about what that includes or the range of salaries it encompasses, and will froth at the mouth about how horrible those bureaucrats are, and so on.

The Chief of Attawapiskat is engaging in a hunger strike in Ottawa to force a meeting with the Prime Minister about treaty obligations. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs has offered to meet with her, but we’ll see what happens with that.

Kady O’Malley looks at some of the recent decisions of the Board of Internal Economy.

The court case around those six ridings allegedly affected by robocalls continued yesterday, and while the Conservative lawyer continued his attempts to have the case dismissed, one of the documents presented by the complainants was an affidavit from someone who said that the robocalls did dissuade him from voting – something the Conservatives have alleged hasn’t yet been proven.

In his year-ender interview with The Canadian Press, Bob Rae says he’s eager to be a regular MP again, and is still deciding if he wants to run again in the next election. He also calls out the NDP’s opposition to state-owned enterprises as a rather novel position for a social democratic party.

University of Ottawa law professor Carissima Mathen explains the ethical issues at play in the end-of-life case at the Supreme Court on Monday.

Over in Alberta, the provincial Liberal party president attacked one of their own MLAs for publicly contemplating a merger with the NDP, and while it’s not necessarily the best crafted communications strategy out there, it does raise some entirely valid points about how the political math of such “merger” talk is usually pretty bogus.

In the Liberal leadership race, Justin Trudeau is shrugging off any criticism of his decision to make a speech at an Islamic convention. Trudeau also criticised the lines that Harper drew around state-owned enterprises getting investing in the oil sands, saying there needs to be more investment. Meanwhile, Alex Burton has withdrawn from the race. Who? Exactly.

And here is your recap of last night’s really scattershot political shows, but I will say that Bob Rae had a gem of an interview, calling the F-35 procurement process “ass-backwards” and compared Harper’s foreign investment policy to a game of “Mother, May I?”