Roundup: Memorising all of your lines

Peter Penashue demonstrates that he’s memorised all of his lines when it comes to any question asked of him, no matter it actually is. Seriously, he’ll give you the same answer every single time. Shades of the repetitive Ed Miliband interview, and further proof that certain members of the Harper cabinet could be replaced by robots and nobody would be any the wiser. Meanwhile, Kady O’Malley looks into the donations to Penashue’s rather stagnant riding association.

Public Works is looking for an outside auditor to review the ongoing construction projects within the Parliamentary precinct, but nobody quite knows why.

There is another public spat brewing in the RCMP over the changes being made to the Force.

Chuck Strahl wants you to know there’s nothing to worry about with the Inspector General’s office of CSIS being cut and keeping just the Security and Intelligence Review Committee, which he now chairs. You know, he who has no experience in the intelligence field, with a part-time board who also aren’t inside the building at CSIS keeping an eye on things. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that CSIS suspended two employees for security lapses last year. But hey, we don’t need an internal watchdog to monitor these things either.

Murray Brewster digs into the rumours and false trails in the search for the new Chief of Defence Staff, including denials that retired Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie was interviewed as previously claimed.

Peter O’Neil digs into what’s going on with the Northern Gateway review hearings in the light of that American report on the Enbridge spill in Michigan.

Here’s an interview with incoming CMA chief Anna Reid. According to her, doctors want more federal coordination in the delivery of healthcare, but good luck with that, since Leona Aglukkaq has called such a concept “overblown rhetoric.”

Over in the UK, Speaker John Bercow defends his record despite criticism, saying that he’s trying to re-engage the backbenches and keep them from becoming rubber stamps, and to that end, he’s done things like revive the practice of Urgent Questions. Canadian Speakers could take a lesson or three from Bercow.

And on the Quebec election trail, Pauline Marois says that crucifixes are okay because they’re part of Quebec’s heritage, but symbols of the monarchy should be out – because it’s not like the monarchy is part of Quebec’s heritage (Quebec Act of 1774 anyone?). Also out are non-Christian religious symbols, like hijabs. Because this election totally isn’t descending into xenophobic outbursts.