QP: Return of the FIPA panic

It was a quieter day on the Hill, the three main leaders out of the House, leaving it up to Megan Leslie to ask about a call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. James Moore, who remains the designated back-up PM du jour in Harper’s absence, assured her that there were inquiries underway and that the government was doing what it can for all Aboriginal women including extending matrimonial property rights — a bill that the NDP opposed. Leslie turned to the status of the Canada-China FIPA, which Moore assured her that it was about protecting the interests of Canadians doing business in China. Nathan Cullen asked the very same again, to which Ed Fast gave the same response — equal rules for both parties. For the Liberals, Marc Garneau brought up the tariff issue, and pointed out that the bicycle shop owner that Flaherty gave his photo op in felt misled. James Moore said that if anyone is misleading people, it’s the Liberals for saying that the government hasn’t done anything other than lower taxes.

Round two started off with Guy Caron and Don Davies returning to the Canada-China FIPA panic (Fast: This is about equal rules for both parties), Mathieu Ravignat asked about the report condemning the behaviour of the former chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (Nicholson: This is an arm’s length agency, she no longer works there, and this has been dealt with), Anne-Marie Day and Chris Charlton asked about EI reform “fostering economic instability” (Finley: Our reforms are helping people get back to work), Jinny Sims and Alexandre Boulerice asked about the menace of temporary foreign pilots — omitting that the seasonal work of the industry means that our pilots go to Europe in our slow season while their pilots rotate here in our busy season (Finley: We want to ensure that Canadians get first crack at jobs and that there are training opportunities), and Dan Harris asked a more generic question about temporary foreign workers, and got a similarly generic response. Judy Sgro, Judy Foote and Ralph Goodale returned to the tariff issue (Menzies: Why do you hate Canadian industry?) Charlie Angus asked about Senator Mike Duffy paying back expenses (Van Loan: Why do you hate our attempt to elect senators), and Alexandrine Latendresse and Craig Scott asked about the delays to the electoral reform bill (Uppal: We will take the time to get it right).

Round three saw yet more questions on tariff changes, a suicide crisis in a remote northern reserve, pension eligibility for retired fisherman who engaged in licence buy-backs, the nomination of Harper’s security chief as the new ambassador to Jordan, layoffs in Shawinigan, the loss of jobs in London, and small wireless carriers being up for sale.

Sartorially speaking, snaps go out to Michael Chong for a black suit with a pink shirt and a grey speckled tie, and to Kirsty Duncan for a tailored black leather jacket with a black top and trousers. Style citations go out to Sadia Groghé for a butterscotch jacket with a black top and trousers and a cream scarf, and to the Honourable Member for Warhammer for a black suit with a bright teal shirt and cream striped tie.