All of the leaders were back in the House today, and leading off QP, Thomas Mulcair read off a question about Air Canada outsourcing maintenance contracts, to which Harper responded that Air Canada was expected to live by its commitments. He then moved onto the Environment Commissioner’s report and insisted that big industries were no longer required to pay for their pollution. Harper insisted that wasn’t the case, and that “polluter pay” was at the heart of their policies. Megan Leslie was up next to carry on the questions based on the report, to which Michelle Rempel disputed that the government wasn’t doing enough. Bob Rae carried on the theme of the Environment Commissioner’s report, and Harper insisted that they were using his reports going forward and thanked him for his work. For his last question, Rae turned to the topic of high level of household debt, and Harper replied that he too shared the concerned and that the measures the government was introducing were having effect.
Round two stared off with Peter Julian asking about nuclear and oil spill liability levels (Rempel: We periodically review these levels and you voted against out plan to review them), Anne Quach asked fracking chemicals (Rempel: This is a provincial jurisdiction), Robert Chisholm asked about fish habitat compensation (Ashfield: Protecting fish habitats from pollution remains a priority), Anne-Marie Day, Chris Charlton and Pierre Nantel reiterated the false “bad guys” quote regarding EI (Finley: I didn’t say that and we’re trying to help Canadians get back to work), and Mathieu Ravignat asked about spending on Economic Action Plan™ ad spending (Clement: We need to inform Canadians about the good news). Scott Brison blamed Flaherty’s policy of 40-year mortgages for our housing market problems (Flaherty: Look at our market’s relative strength!), and Judy Sgro asked people whom can’t save for their pensions if they can’t make ends meet today (Menzies: Look at our PRPP legislation). Alexandre Boulerice asked about Dr. Arthur Porter’s qualifications before his dubious appointments (Bergen: We accepted his resignation and the allegations against him had nothing to do with his former positions), and Charlie Angus asked about Senator Duffy’s health card fiasco (Van Loan: The Senate is responsible for their own rules).
Round three saw questions about those Air Canada jobs, EI changes affecting seasonal industries, advertising spending amidst the age of austerity, high-caffeine energy drinks, directing venture capital funds to cooperatives around Canada, light rail transit talks for the Champlain Bridge, veterans getting long-term care beds, and one last kick at the Environment Commissioner’s report.
Sartorially speaking, snaps go out to Megan Leslie for a short-sleeved black fitted dress with a v-neck, and to Jeff Watson for a dark grey suit with a light purple checked shirt and a dark purple tie. Style citations go out to Nina Grewal for a bright yellow sweater top with black trousers and a red-and-black scarf, and to Robert Goguen for a black suit with a fluorescent blue shirt and striped tie.