Roundup: Just another Rob Anders eruption

The big news that got people’s tongues wagging/up in arms yesterday was how Rob Anders spoke of his “theory” about how Thomas Mulcair somehow hastened Jack Layton’s death. No, seriously. He later gave a sort-of apology, and everyone wondered how much longer the PM could abide him in caucus. (Seriously everyone, it’s his riding association’s decision). Meanwhile, Aaron Wherry reminds us of the timeline of Layton’s declining health, while Glen McGregor reminds us of Rob Anders being one of the “celibate” Reform MPs back in the day.

Okay, okay, so it looks like Justin Trudeau is launching his leadership bid today after all (still – it’s a month too soon), and after his initial launch in his riding, he’ll hold events in Mississauga and Richmond, which looks very much to be launching a campaign targeting the suburban ridings of major cities. Jesse Brown looks at Trudeau’s geek credentials.

Senator Roméo Dallaire thinks the Conservatives have been undermining Omar Khadr’s chances at rehabilitation, what with their foot-dragging and attempts to politicise is future parole hearings.

MPs want the Speaker to crack down against the use of Members’ Statements as partisan attacks. But then the NDP go ahead and make their own, be it with their one “strongly worded statement” per day (which often includes such fictions as the governments controlling the price of gasoline), or like today’s gem, of Charlie Angus giving a lament for the barrage of “lies” coming from the benches opposite. But seriously, if Cullen wants to remain on the high horse of decorum, he’ll keep his MPs from joining in.

The Liberals continue to out-fundraise the NDP. The NDP say their leadership contest took away from their party donations, but since the Conservatives out-fundraised them all, it seems a bit of a moot point. Also, maybe we can retire the whole “Liberals are broke/bankrupt” meme that certain…less rigorous columnists keep perpetrating.

What’s that? John Baird criticised the UN in his speech at the General Assembly? You don’t say!

Retroactive payments for disabled veterans suffering clawbacks could go back four decades.

Christy Clark and Alison Redford had a “frosty” meeting yesterday, and apparently didn’t make much progress on the Northern Gateway file.

Economist Stephen Gordon explains why it’s harder than you think to tax high-income earners, especially under Pauline Marois’ plan.

Elizabeth May apparently believes that the Queen is magic and can call a Royal Commission of Inquiry into electoral fraud. Except that it’s not the Queen’s job to do so. It’s actually the Prime Minister’s. It’s called Responsible Government.

Here is your recap of last night’s political shows.

And it’s an NDP opposition day today – and oh look, still not a question about supply. Imagine that.