Roundup: Good little grumbling soldiers

Some Conservative MPs are grumbling because they’ve been good little soldiers and submitted their names to the speaking list, and when those “rogue” MPs stand up and get recognised instead, they feel put out. Aww, the poor dears. Never mind that we should abolish the lists entirely and make MPs stand up and actively participate rather than follow up and read prepared speeches into the record in faux debate like good little drones, as what our parliament has degraded to. If the poor dears have something that needs to be said, they can stand up too and hope to be recognised.

CTV got an early glimpse at the independent audit of Senators Harb, Brazeau and Duffy, and it seems that Harb and Brazeau will be paying back thousands in claimed living expenses. Duffy has already repaid his living expenses. Senator Wallin’s travel expenses are still being audited.

The new employee code of conduct for Statistics Canada was obtained under Access to Information requests, and finds that employees are asked to refrain from making personal comments about the organisation in their social media posts.

The Military Police Complaints Commission says it still doesn’t have the tools it needs to fulfil its duties, and that the legislation before the Senate on military justice is insufficient and erodes independence rather than strengthening it, allowing for senior officers to interfere in investigations.

The National Energy Board has cited Enbridge for not having proper back-up generators or safety cut-off switches at most of its pipeline pumping stations across the country. Enbridge says they didn’t realise they weren’t in compliance because the NEB never inspected them to tell them. Err, the rules have been in place for years, which doesn’t really give Enbridge an excuse. It also shows why it’s not just enough to have rules in place – they also need a robust enforcement and inspection regimen to ensure that they’re being followed.

CBC found documents that showed that the government was concerned about the number of temporary foreign workers being hired in regions with high unemployment, and how employers may be using TFWs instead of people on EI with eligible skills – and that this was brought up a full year ago. I’m still a bit sceptical, however, given that “region” is a province, and some provinces are pretty big. Just because there are unemployed food service workers in Alberta it doesn’t mean that they’re actually in the same place were jobs are available because it’s a pretty big place. I would prefer to see something more than top-line numbers for provinces before leaping to the OMG temporary foreign workers are stealing all of our jobs and driving down wages! Bandwagon. Not that it may or may not be happening, but I can’t draw that conclusion from the evidence presented without much in the way of context.

Greg Weston looks at the case of accused terror suspect Raed Jaser and how he was able to avoid deportation for so many years, though many of those gaps in the system have since been closed.

Apparently the bureaucracy can’t calculate how much it would cost to restore the federal apiarist position. Um, okay then. Ballpark? A range of what it could be depending on certain assumptions? Apparently not.

Two more election officials from the 2008 election are facing charges related to failing to file documents, or at least the right ones. One was a Liberal, the other a Conservative, lest anyone get too smug.

Here’s a look at the problem of runway incursions at Pearson airport, and how they are becoming a bigger problem while aviation safety is generally getting better.

Justin Trudeau released a video yesterday morning to point out that the Liberals raised over a million dollars in the first three weeks of his leadership. Paul Wells looks at what these numbers mean in comparison with other parties and epochs in Liberal history. Of course, all anyone could talk about was the fact that Trudeau was *gasp!* going casual and wearing shorts!

And Emmett Macfarlane argues that we should be having a debate about how history is taught in this country, as there is no one “correct” version of history, and that debate can raise awareness. Andrew Coyne similarly praises the notion that we can look at our history, and maybe see just who has been promulgating the false notion that Canadian history is boring, and that we are some kind of Sweden and bastion of neutrality that never actually was.