Inside Politics

Orders of the Day (03/01/10) - Back to the grindstone, everyone!

The grindstone that, for some of us, at least, will arrive this morning in the form of a Liberal-organized roundtable on the Federal Accountability Act, which is slated to include -- at least at press time -- an appearance by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

As I noted last week, it was, of course, the FAA that created the job that Page now holds -- at least at press time -- which will add a note of meta to the proceedings, which will be moderated by University of Ottawa professor Errol Mendes. Former finance deputy minister Scott Clark, Democracy Watch director Duff Conacher, University of Ottawa law professor Colonel Michel Drapeau (ret'd) and Institute of Governance president Maryantonett Flumian will also participate in what is sure to be a fairly lively -- and livebloggable -- discussion on the very first piece of legislation introduced by Canada's then-New Government, which was swept into power at least partly on the promise to provide the most transparent, accountable, incorruptible administration ever.

Meanwhile, in Whitby -- and no, those are not three words I often find myself typing, but that's apparently where the action is today, at least -- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty invites local cameras to come along for the show as he indulges in a bit of traditional pre-budget shopping at Andrews Shoes, which marks the first time that he will apparently resist the urge to put a hokey twist on that particular parliamentary ritual; as reported by Colleague Barton last week, he'll leave with fitting, comfortable dress shoes.

Back in Ottawa, the Canadian Council for Policy Alternatives carries on with a tradition of its own: the release of the Alternative Federal Budget -- no new shoes -- or, even better, soul-crushing lockup -- required.

Also in Ottawa, Health Minister Leonna Aglukkaq drops in on a "private residence" with departmental officials to promote Hazardcheck, which, according to the advisory, is "a guide created to help Canadians reduce their exposure to potential environmental health risks in the home."

Finally, on the oversized novelty cheque circuit today: Revenue and ACOA Minister Keith Ashfield and Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis, who will announce "federal support for research that aims to improve health services in New Brunswick and across the country" in Fredericton, and new infrastructure spending in Disraeli, Quebec, respectively.

Oh, and on the not at all off chance that my weekend posts on privilege -- as well as the inaugural edition of That's A Good Question -- were lost in the outpouring of patriotic glee, the more wonkish amongst you can catch up here.
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