A funny Senate tale
A funny Senate tale
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A funny Senate tale

By any measure, it’s been a bad week for Canada’s unelected Senate. It’s also been a rough one for the Prime Minister’s new parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra. Stephen Harper tapped Calandra to face questions about Conservative scandals after the PM had to remove Dean Del Mastro from the post when he became ensnarled in his […]

October 25, 2013

By any measure, it’s been a bad week for Canada’s unelected Senate.

It’s also been a rough one for the Prime Minister’s new parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra. Stephen Harper tapped Calandra to face questions about Conservative scandals after the PM had to remove Dean Del Mastro from the post when he became ensnarled in his own ethics troubles.

Check out Calandra’s best “they said what?” moment this week, when he was being pressed about accountability in the Senate during a debate about the future of the upper chamber. It’s a novel take on Harper’s appointees to Canada’s unelected Senate to do partisan work on the public dime. 

 

 

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Tony Clement's morning meltdown
Tony Clement's morning meltdown

Tony Clement’s morning meltdown

After slipping in proposed changes to undermine bargaining rights in the government’s budget implementation bill, Treasury Board president Tony Clement appeared on CBC’s morning radio show in Ottawa on Thursday to try and explain his move. The radio host asked plainly about which government employees would be classified as “essential,” an arbitrary designation that would […]

October 24, 2013

After slipping in proposed changes to undermine bargaining rights in the government’s budget implementation bill, Treasury Board president Tony Clement appeared on CBC’s morning radio show in Ottawa on Thursday to try and explain his move.

The radio host asked plainly about which government employees would be classified as “essential,” an arbitrary designation that would block their right to collective strike action. Clement tersely responded, “look, you’re going through a speculative question and answer and I’m not gonna, I’m…