The backbencher

Around 3pm yesterday, Paul Calandra, the duly elected Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, receiver of the votes of some 32,208 citizens in the last election, stood in the House of Commons during the 45 minutes allotted each day so that MPs may present oral questions for the government. He asked the following.

Can the Minister of State for Finance tell this House what time tomorrow the government will be letting this House and all Canadians know about the latest steps in our plan to create jobs, continue the recovery and improve financial security for Canadian families?

The Minister of Finance stood to respond to this and committed 82 words to the official record, none of which actually answered this question. Perhaps because Mr. Flaherty already answered this question three weeks ago.