Tuesday before Budget Day, and all leaders were in the House. Thomas Mulcair started off QP by reading off questions about cracking down on tax havens, but Stephen Harper was eager to continue needling him about his trip to Washington, and how he apparently undermined the economy. For this second supplemental, Mulcair read a pair of questions about reversals in fiscal policy, not that Harper let up on his attack against Mulcair’s position on Keystone XL. For his final question, Mulcair asked about Peter Penashue’s resignation, to which Harper assured him that Penashue did the right thing and that he was the best MP from Labrador in the history of ever. Bob Rae carried on that line of questioning — off the cuff and without scripts, mind you — not that Harper’s answer was any different.
Round two started off with Olivia Chow demanding more infrastructure funding to break gridlock (Lebel: We respect jurisdictions, and wait for the budget for the rest), Peggy Nash demanded “practical solutions” in the budget — presumably for “real people” (Flaherty: You put out an alternative budget with no numbers, our numbers will be out Thursday), Guy Caron asked about skills training funds (Flaherty: We consulted widely on the budget), Jean Rousseau demanded action on forestry (Lebel: We’ve done more for forestry than anyone else and the market drop is because of the drop in housing activity in the US), Alexandre Boulerice asked about corrupt fundraising practices in Quebec by SNC-Lavalin (Poilievre: This has nothing to do with us, but your leader was a member of the Quebec Liberals at the time), Charlie Angus asked about Penashue setting up his elections website before resigning (Poilievre: You broke your word to your constituents and look at ALL THE THINGS he did for Labrador! He paved highways! He brought high speed Internet! ALL THE THINGS!), before Jack Harris and Poilievre gave it one last go around. Scott Andrews, Judy Foote and Sean Casey carried on with the Penashue questions, wondering about a potential compliance agreement with Elections Canada (Poilievre: More of the same). Peter Julian asked about the new tanker regulations (Anderson: Your leader betrays our economic interests), and Yvon Godin asked about francophone public servants being made to write reports in English (Moore: Yay official languages; Clement: Canadians will continue to receive services in both official languages).
Round three saw questions on gun regulation advisory requests, the small arms trade treaty negotiations, the Border Security reality show, the Experimental Lakes Area, the lack of Joint Library of Parliament committee meetings with regard to the PBO’s replacement, the slow pace of approving CIDA proposals, and tourism funding for Quebec.
Sartorially speaking, snaps go out to Greg Rickford for a dark grey suit with a white shirt and pocket square and a light blue plaid tie, and to Candice Bergen for her grey and black houndstooth jacket with a black dress. Style citations go out to Christine Moore for a black, white and dress with a variety of busy geometric patterns, and to Nathan Cullen for a grey suit with a bright red shirt and a striped black tie.