Susan on the Soapbox: Question Period? Really?

How much longer do we have to put up with this nonsense? The Alberta Legislature has been in session for eight days and the UCP is using Question Period to test-drive political slogans. Jason Kenney UCP leader Ms Soapbox’s personal favourite is the UCP’s claim: “We lead, they follow”. The UCP’s “lead” translates into something ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Disastrous Day In The Commons

It should have been a crowning moment for Andrew Scheer. His first day in the returning House of Commons, as the new leader of the Harper Party.His first chance to face Justin Trudeau, deploy his creepy grin, and claim he's trying to save small businesses from his greedy clutches… But sadly for Scheer it just ...

Politics and its Discontents: She Asked For It

Kellie Leitch has made her ‘values test’ a central issue in her leadership campaign, and Evan Solomon, now host of CTV’s Question Period, asked a logical question about her politics of division and exclusion. However, as you will see, Leitch clearly lacks even the scintilla of integrity it would take to answer his question honestly. ...

Alberta Politics: Start work at 9 in the morning? Never! Alberta’s Wildrose picks another great hill to die on

PHOTOS: You want me to be at the Legislature when? A young Brian Jean contemplates the horrors of a future under an NDP government. Younger versions of Alberta political leaders may not have appeared exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Jean as he appears today; NDP Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Brian Mason; Wildrose House ...

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ask Liberals to “apologize for decades of racism”

The Harper Conservatives accuse the Liberals of “decades of racism” dating back to Liberal PM Mackenzie King, who served from 1921 to 1930 and 1935 to 1948. The post Conservatives ask Liberals to “apologize for decades of racism” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives Kill NDP Motion To Civilize Question Period

On Tuesday, the House voted 144-132 to defeat an NDP motion seeking to empower the Speaker to police irrelevant answers during Question Period. The post Conservatives Kill NDP Motion To Civilize Question Period appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel. The post Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Paul Calandra Apologizes

After his disgraceful behaviour the other day in the House during Question Period, Parliamentary Secretary and ardent Harper loyalist Paul Callandra issued a ‘tearful’ apology this morning. For me, his motives are suspect: Recommend this Post

The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP, Commons Speaker Desecrated Parliament

A simple question by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during Question Period led to a bizarre exchange with a Conservative MP and exposed House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer’s incompetence and lack of neutrality. The post Conservative MP, Commons Speaker Desecrated Parliament appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Miraculously, no one trampled as Tories race for Alberta Legislature’s exits

Alison Redford crashes through the Alberta Legislature. Below: Frightened and relieved, Alberta Progressive Conservative MLAs race from the vicinity of the Legislative Building in Edmonton yesterday; Nostradamus; Moses. Actual Alberta politicians and legislative architectural renderings may not appear exactly as illustrated. It must have seemed a little like the panic scene in post-war Japanese monster ...

CuriosityCat: The Senate Scandal: How to hold the Prime Minister to account in Question Period

Thomas Mulcair in Question Period The leader of the NDP has done Canadians, and Canadian democracy, a service through his dogged, skillful, meticulous and highly professional questions posed to the Prime Minister during Question Period. Mulcair has clearly spent a great deal of time researching the facts of the Sentate expenses scandal, reviewing previous statements ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Debt is debt, except when it’s hope

Sometimes Question Period is downright funny.  Witness this exchange on the provincial debt between Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Premier Redford.* Ms Smith: In Medicine Hat earlier this month the Premier said this about debt: it’s not debt; it’s hope. So let’s take some of the Premier’s other quotes and sub in “hope” for “debt” ...

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO]

During Question Period on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked Stephen Harper whether the feds would still approve Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway Pipeline, now officially rejected by British Columbians. WATCH: Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, in 2001, the Prime Minister wrote a famous letter to the former premier of Alberta, which he urged him to act to “limit the ...

The Canadian Progressive: NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Grills PM Harper On Senate Expenses Scandal (VIDEO)

Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper fled to South America to avoid the unraveling Senate expenses scandal. On Monday, he skipped Question Period in the House of Commons. He did show up in the House on Tuesday and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair roasted him. Prosecutor style. Short, precise questions. The post NDP Leader Tom Mulcair ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  During Question Period in the House of Commons last week, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen questioned Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s voting record on defence spending when the Conservatives… The post Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Susan on the Soapbox: Ms Soapbox’s Great Adventure—Off to the Leg (it rhymes with “edge”)

Last week Ms Soapbox was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Liberal MLA, Laurie Blakeman, the oldest (as in longest-serving, not age!) opposition MLA.  Ms Blakeman noted that Ms Soapbox was a lawyer but said the House wouldn’t hold that against her.  Ms Soapbox stood to receive the “traditional warm welcome” of the Assembly.  The ...

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Martyn Brown, Former Chief of Staff for Premier Gordon Campbell, has told Jon McComb, on ‘The World Today’ CKNW 980, that Premier Clark must step down. Premier Clark told legislative reporters, this afternoon, that she will have to take more actions possibly including resigning as Premier. The last few Question Periods-available online on ...

Cowichan Conversations: Time To Reform Our Dysfunctional Legislature – Our Democracy Has Been Handcuffed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Watching ‘Question Period’ the other day what struck me once again was the dysfunctional performance of the legislature. The legislatures role has been diminished, often governments calling them into session only when they must to jam their legislation through. It is a critical element of a parliamentary democracy and it is broken ...

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Niki Ashton: “New Canadian Wheat Board ad symbolizes the Conservative agenda”

Tell your friends to pull offensive CWB ad: Ashton calls on Ritz to act by Niki Ashton MP (Press Release) | Feb. 6, 2013: OTTAWA – Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to pull an offensive Canadian Wheat Board ad. The ad titled Still on the Fence?, is ...

Alberta Diary: Great Plains Politics 101: Why everything new in Alberta’s Legislature must be old again

Perfesser Dave with Gene Zwozdesky, a.k.a. Mr. Speaker, the Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, with that rara avis, a recent Alberta Throne Speech. But not the one for March 5, 2013. Quick quiz: Why is that? Below: Alberta Premier Alison Redford in a screen grab from last week’s “State of the Province” address. If you’re ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Unanswered Questions: When did Question Period become Non-Answer Period?

I remember a time, not so long ago, when questions asked in the House of Commons — during Question Period — received answers. You remember, right? I didn’t just imagine it, did I? Q. When did Question Period become Non-Answer Period? A. On February 6, 2006 when Stephen Harper and his first cabinet were sworn ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Springtime for Hitler in Ottawa

  Last week, our favourite sweatervest hoarding Prime Minister made the world’s laziest Nazi/Hitler invocation during Question Period. This is the latest in a string of Hitler references made by sundry politicos in Ottawa during 2012, and we’re not even half way through the year. His gaffe brought jeers and tears of laughter to denizens ...

Slap Upside The Head: Ah, Question Period

The subject of Canada’s new trans-unfriendly airport screening regulations was brought up in the House of Commons during question period this week. Check out these videos of Randall Garrison and Dany Morin speaking in support of trans Canadians amidst jeers from the Conservative party, as well as a clip from Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, who demonstrates ...