With all party leaders back in the House today, things got started with Thomas Mulcair reading a screed about the “corruption” in the Senate, to which Harper rejected the categorisation and noted how quickly they responded to the allegations. Mulcair moved onto the “fraud” of the Saskatchewan push-polls, earning him a warning from the Speaker about QP being for government business, not party business, but Harper responded anyway, talking about how everyone had a right to give input to the electoral boundaries process. For his final question, Mulcair asked about job creation, giving Harper a chance to tout his record. Peggy Nash was up next, asking about long-term unemployment and changes to EI, for which Jim Flaherty gave a rundown of their job creation numbers with a tone of exasperation. Bob Rae was up next for the Liberals, and taking up the theme of Bell’s Let’s Talk day about mental health, and wondered why recommendations by the Mental Health Commission. Harper reminded him that they set up the commission, and that they were looking to their recommendations going forward. For his final question, Rae asked about a parliamentary inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women, but Harper
Round two started off with Charmaine Borg demanding that Vic Toews apologise for insulting critics of the withdrawn C-30 (Nicholson: You’re still soft on crime), Christine Moore and Matthew Kellway asked about a report on military procurement (Ambrose: Government is more powerful as a customer than a subsidiser), Jack Harris asked about other procurement issues (Ambrose: We’re doing better than the Liberals were), Mathieu Ravignat and Charlie Angus launched more screeds about the Senate (Van Loan: The Senate is investigating and they put in new rules), before Angus and Craig Scott demanded new rules for robo-calls (Ritz: The people of Saskatchewan have concerns about the new boundaries). Justin Trudeau asked about the economic difficulties facing Canadians — while the Conservative benches got rowdy (Flaherty: Canadians have been responsive to the suggestions that they curtail their borrowing before interest rates go up), and Scott Brison brought up those debt levels with Flaherty’s flirtation with 40-year mortgages (Flaherty: Yay strong economy). Hélène Laverdière asked about CIDA funding Christian Crossroads (Fantino: All CIDA program’s are delivered without discrimination), and Glen Thibeault and Annick Papillon asked about the CRTC hearings into the wireless industry (Paradis: Look at all of the taxes we’ve cut! No, that didn’t really make sense).
Round three saw questions on EI reforms and the effect on seasonal industries, the costs of studying the XL Foods crisis as opposed to giving CFIA more resources, the missing student loan data, the lack of oversight in fracking chemicals, an Inuit food strategy, Canadian aerospace jobs, and the temporary foreign worker programme.
Sartorially speaking, snaps go out to Greg Rickford for a dark grey suit with a purple shirt and tie with a white pocket square, and to Joyce Murray for a pink collared shirt with a grey jacket and black crosshatch skirt. Style citations go out to Manon Perreault for a sparkly grey and black jacket, and to Bal Gosal got a black suit and tie with a custard yellow shirt.