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Political Panel: June 2013 Archives

Political panel, June 21: Here comes summer

If you're a parliamentarian, good news: summer vacation is finally here. The House of Commons adjourned this week, closing the door on a sitting that was fraught with acrimony. Even the final few days saw a new controversy erupt -- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was accused of giving six friends a free New Year's vacation at the residence of Canada's high commissioner in London.

Today's also National Aboriginal Day...The Conservative convention will be getting underway next week...And Liberal MP Bob Rae retired from federal politics. So even with the House on summer break, there's plenty to talk about -- and we've assembled our political panel to sort it all out.


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Political panel, June 13: Wallin speaks on the senate scandal

The federal government must be counting down the hours and minutes until summer vacation. It's been a tough past few weeks for the Conservatives....What with the RCMP investigation into the Wright-Duffy affair and that mysterious $90,000 cheque, and a continuing expenses scandal that involves three of the Prime Minister's own appointed senators.

 

But NDP leader Tom Mulcair had some of his own explaining to do in the House...After being halted by Mounties for flying through stop signs, he asked the officers, "Do you know who I am?" And independent senator Pamela Wallin wanted viewers to know who she was this week -- a senator who simply made a mistake.

 

Well, make no mistake -- our political panel is here to weed through this week's events in the house...

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Political panel, June 7: Secret funds and a defecting MP

The federal Conservatives have spent the past few days putting out fires: the senate scandal took a new turn...Two MPs face suspensions over a dispute with Elections Canada...And a third MP -- Alberta's Brent Rathgeber -- quit caucus to sit as an independent. To break it all down, we've assembled our weekly political panel -- Colin Horgan covers the House of Commons for iPolitics.ca, and Julie Van Dusen is a national affairs reporter for CBC.

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