Roundup: Like clockwork, here comes the decorum distraction

Like clockwork, Nathan Cullen unveiled yet another new idea for improving decorum in the Commons – giving the Speaker the powers to suspend misbehaving MPs and dock their pay. You know, something that’s unlikely to get signoff from everyone, while he ignores the name-calling that his own caucus engages in, or the fact that the Speaker has plenty of powers already but doesn’t wield them because it becomes a very slippery slope to determine what constitutes “misrepresentation of facts.” And, like MP Michelle Rempel tweeted in response, “Here’s a thought – we’re all adults, maybe we could take personal ownership for how we conduct ourselves in the House.” Because that might be too novel of an idea in an era where we infantilise MPs to the extent that they can’t even speak for themselves without being handed a script. (Aaron Wherry wonders about the question of incivility based on yesterday’s QP here).

Here’s a further look at the NDP PMB on implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and how it has little legal grounds to be implemented in the way that the NDP are promoting. Meanwhile, John Geddes talks to John Duncan about First Nations schools.

Canada has pledged $13 million in aid for Mali, mostly for food assistance and shelter for the tens of thousands of internally displaced people.

It turns out that it cost over a million dollars to ship the PM’s motorcade to India for his trip there. And yes, cue the outrage from those who aren’t RCMP security experts. Meanwhile, the government halted the practice of getting sports tickets for visiting VIPs – you know, the kind of normal hospitality that every country engages in. But not Canada – we’re that cheap.

Despite the government flat out saying no to a revived Avro Arrow programme, it hasn’t stopped some people from going ahead and working on a redesign.

Oh noes! Three Conservative backbenchers had concerns about the Nexen takeover. Surely this means that Harper is losing control of his caucus. (That is the appropriate media narrative for these kinds of events, right?)

Over in the Liberal leadership race, the CBC profiles David Bertschi, one of the candidates without a seat.

Tim Harper wonders if Stephen Harper’s “Day in the life” tweeting wasn’t the beginning of a somewhat reluctant rebranding for a PM who will have been in power for nine years by the time the next election rolls around.

Poor Pauline Marois – goes to Scotland to visit the separatist leader there, and he doesn’t want to be seen or photographed with her. *sad trombone*

Here are the three things you need to know from last night’s political shows.

And if you were curious about who was in Harper’s inner circle from one of the photos he tweeted on Monday, Maclean’s made sure go get you the answers.