Friday, March 2, 2018


   Ivison NP: OTTAWA — There was an exchange during question period on Wednesday that marked a new low in the House of Commons’ descent into disrepute — and I say that advisedly, having watched this gong show at close quarters over the past 15 years.
  Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative finance critic, who you might have imagined would want to talk about a federal budget that was hot off the presses, asked Justin Trudeau about his trip to India and the apparent contradiction of him blaming his own backbencher and the Indian government for the invitation of a convicted terrorist to an official event.
  The Prime Minister responded by ignoring the question entirely and trumpeting the benefits of the budget “for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”
  And, by the way, Trudeau pledged in his 2015 election platform to reform question period to hold the government, and the Prime Minister, to greater account.

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