Inside Politics

6 opposition MPs with newly filed questions on the Order Paper

As is usually the case when the House returns after an extended break, opposition members have been quick to fill the Notice Paper with freshly filed requests for written answers from the government on everything from open source software to outside legal advice.

A few of the more intriguing queries:

  • Guy Caron (New Democrat) is curious about the numbers behind the PM's new "24 Seven" video series, including how many people are involved in the project, the weekly production cost and total viewers. 
  • Kirsty Duncan (Liberal) wants to know what definition of "family planning" is used with regard to the Muskoka Initiative on maternal and child health, as well as the top five recipients of related funding. 
  • Pierre Luc Dusseault (NDP) is hoping to get a little more information on language courses taken by ministers, ministers of state and parliamentary secretaries, particularly the price, dates and location of such training endeavours. 
  • Sean Casey (Liberal)has asked for a full explanation of when, why and how often the government turns to outside counsel for legal advice, including but not limited to occasions when it has sought input from non-Canadian lawyers and law firms.
  • Jinny Sims (New Democrat) would like a full breakdown on the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Alberta, including a list of employers that have gotten the thumbs up via positive Labour Market Opinion, and the total number of temporary foreign workers in various cities across the province. 
  • Scott Simms (Liberal) wonders what software is permitted on government servers, desktops, laptops and other platforms, as well as what software is banned from use, and how much of that software is open source or free.

Under the Standing Orders, the government is obliged to table responses to the above questions within 45 days.

For the full list of newly filed questions, click here

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