And so begins the week where it all happens. All of those marathon votes, as many as the Speaker is determined to allow (the number of which we should know by around noon today).
Another leaking pipeline in Alberta has premier Alison Redford in damage control mode, professing confidence in the measures in place to deal with leaks as they happen, but critics say that there is too much industry self-reporting that needs to be addressed.
Preston Manning calls Thomas Mulcair a hypocrite for not making his “polluter pay” and internalising environmental cost ideas apply to Quebec’s hydro sector, which flooded forest areas the size of Lake Ontario.
The Liberals look like they’re set to kick off their leadership contest officially in July. I guess they’ll have to grapple with that Rae question in short order. Daniel Veniez argues about the virtues of broken promises – if you look at the promises that have been made in the past (and it’s a pretty stinging indictment of the party as it currently stands).
DND doesn’t seem to be able to explain why its expenditures are increasing when they’re supposed to be undergoing cutback exercises. And while shipyard contracts are awarded, building contracts for the actual ships themselves haven’t been awarded, and amidst the planned cuts, this could lead to significant snags with that procurement process along the way. Meanwhile, news out of the States is that those F-35s are already facing a 16 percent “scrap-rate,” meaning the rate at which the planes they’ve produced have had to be scrapped, reworked or otherwise repaired – a rate higher than other military aircraft in similar stages of production. But this is totally the best plane for all our needs, etcetera, etcetera.
Oh, look – more boneheaded comments on Senate “reform,” this time from taxpayer groups in Atlantic Canada who hope that “elected” Senators from the east coast will have more clout in Parliament – never mind the obvious consequences to governance in this country.
Aaron Wherry at Maclean’s talks to Speaker Andrew Scheer about his first year in the chair.
Kellie Leitch is keeping up her orthopaedic surgeon credentials while she keeps up with her MP duties.
And Adam Goldenberg writes about the problem that the NDP’s Sherbrooke Declaration could pose for BC’s NDP leader, Adrian Dix, considering that the NDP is one party both federally and provincially (unlike other federal and provincial parties).