Political panel, March 9: Yep, more robocalls...
It's maybe not surprising that the topic of robocalls was dominating conversations at the Manning Centre for Democracy's annual networking conference in Ottawa.
Both members of our political panel were there, amidst other politicians, staffers and journalists, as many buzzed about the week that was.That includes, of course, the ever-evolving tale of robocalls, with the Conservatives backing the NDP motion promising greater investigative powers for Elections Canada...They just couldn't say when it'd happen, which lead NDP critic David Christopherson to say if the government reneges, there will be "hell to pay".
The Conservatives in the meantime want the Liberal staffer behind Vikileaks to testify, saying "we remain concerned that the Liberals abused tax dollars in this egregious, sleazy and distasteful fashion".
So that's the kind of week it's been: deplorable, egregious, sleazy and distasteful, with just a taste of hell to pay. In with more: Julie Van Dusen from CBC-TV and this week, Colin Horgan from ipolitics.ca.