This is the week that was

Brian Topp entered the race to be the next leader of the NDP. The Conservatives duly mocked. Mr. Topp went to British Columbia. Romeo Saganash counted himself in. Anne McGrath counted herself out. NDP MPs picked sides. Stephen Harper loomed large. And the press gallery anxiously awaited the NDP’s dysfunction.

Stephen Harper, David Johnston and John Baird marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Jason Kenney applauded Tim Hudak. Afghan interpreters were turned away. John Baird brushed aside concerns about Bob Dechert’s e-mail habits, while security analysts fretted and opposition MPs debated. A plebiscite found support for the Canadian Wheat Board, but Gerry Ritz remained resolutely opposed. Brian Masse pitched high-speed rail. The Liberals pressed for an investigation of the G8 Legacy Fund. Kellie Leitch’s stance on asbestos was challenged. Environment Canada prepared to cut ozone monitoring. CSIS was cleared. And the NDP prepared for a fight over “lawful access.”

Robert Asselin considered the limits of democratic reform. Samara consulted former MPs on possible fixes. I looked at leadership’s value at the ballot box. Andrew Potter questioned the outsider mentality. Matthew Yglesias touted political engagement. And Stephen Gordon pondered the possibilities of consumption taxes.

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