This week on The House
, Evan Solomon sits down with Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page
to discuss his latest report on the purchase of joint support ships. Why did Page conclude that the government's estimated costs are off the mark?
We also get reaction to Kevin Page's report from the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, Andrew Saxton
Questions about the future of the Senate continued to swirl this week as the controversies surrounding senators expenses dominated headlines once again. Former Conservative senator Michael Fortier
joins us to talk about why he believes the Senate is useless, and what he thinks should happen to it.
Sequestration. The deadline has passed without a deal, so massive government cuts kicked in just before midnight on Friday in the United States. What will those billions in cuts mean for Canada? We ask former Canadian diplomat and current senior adviser at 3 Click Solutions in Washington, D.C., Paul Frazer
.MP Claude Patry
started the week in the NDP caucus, and end it as a member of the Bloc Quebecois. CBC political blogger Kady O'Malley
talks about the politics of floor-crossing.
Finally, unrest surrounding employment insurance reform and the way Service Canada inspectors are tackling fraud have put the spotlight on the federal government's handling of the EI file. We ask the NDP's Human Resources and Skills development critic Chris Charlton
for her take.