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Despite his backbencher status, Maxime Bernier manages to end up in the spotlight every once in a while.
This week, it's through the Opinion pages of La Presse that the Beauce MP resurfaced.
The headline of his open letter, "Greenhouse gases: caution is the right stance for Canada," and the arguments that followed, caught the eye of many.
In the letter, Bernier argues it makes sense to be skeptical of the science surrounding climate change, and therefore, Canada's moderate position is the right way to go.
Daniel Lessard is the host of Radio-Canada's Les Coulisses du Pouvoir.
He says Maxime Bernier is trying to send a message... not about the environment, but about his political future.
Listen to Daniel Lessard's commentary for The House:
It is, of course, tradition for the finance minister to avail himself/herself of some new footwear for budget day.
It is a tradition that even the Library of Parliament can't explain, but it's our tradition and Jim Flaherty will play along again this Thurday.
The choice of shoe is often viewed as symbolic of what will be in the budget.
As predicted last Friday, Jim Flaherty did indulge in a pair of new shoes. And not just any shoes.
He bought a pair of comfortable ECCOs at a cost of $271.20. That's nothing to sneeze at.
As for Thursday, Flaherty says the government will show "how we will move forward and reduce the deficit over time, so that in the medium term, we can balance the budget in Canada."
Helena Guergis, minister of state for the status of women, issued an apology Thursday to Charlottetown Airport workers and Air Canada staff for throwing a tantrum last week. Her apology doesn't seem to have quelled the Liberal opposition, who are demanding she resign from her cabinet post.
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