This is the week that was

The NDP leadership contenders made their first impressions. Bruce Hyer napped. Robert Chisholm defended his unilingualism. Paul Dewar proposed a new kind of vote subsidy. Thomas Mulcair pitched cap-and-trade.

Chuck Strahl complicated John Duncan’s timeline. The citizens of Attawapiskat turned away the auditor, who’s costing them $1,300 per day. Peter MacKay had a history with helicopter rides. The Liberals double-checked. A retired major came to the minister’s defence. And the minister threatened to sue. Peter Goldring became an independent. MPs failed in their duty. And Jim Hillyer celebrated (and then kind of tried to sort of apologize).

The Speaker ruled on disturbances in the House. Irwin Cotler picked a fight with his shadow. Bob Rae called out triumphalism. The federal court rebuked the Conservatives. Peter Kent took on the world. The Senate seemed in no rush to pass the government’s crime bill, which was once more lamented. The auditor general was unloved. And the Afghan detainee controversy came full circle.

Bruce Anderson ripped the Conservative campaign against Irwin Cotler. Greg Weston figured cynicism would save Peter MacKay. Mark Jarvis offered more ways to save the House of Commons. Carolyn Bennett recalled old complaints. James Bowden referred us to the rule book. Samara tallied public frustration. Andrew Potter questioned the public’s impressions. Dan Arnold questioned Paul Dewar’s pursuit of gender equality.

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