Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Categories: |
This week on The House, we ask Senator David Tkachuk, the former chair of the Senate's internal economy committee, about Senator Mac Harb taking the Senate to court and Senator Pamela Wallin's explanation for her expenses problems. Did the secretive committee do its job, and should Senators be allowed back into their respective caucuses if they pay back all of their ineligible expenses?
On the week that marked the fifth year anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's residential school apology to First Nations and five months since the last working meeting between the Prime Minister and a delegation of First Nations leaders, the National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo has strong words for the Harper government's approach to First Nations issues. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt is here to respond.
Who is watching the watchers? In light of recent revelations about surveillance in the U.S. and a classified surveillance program run by the secretive Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) we ask Ray Boisvert, the former assistant director of intelligence with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Wesley Wark, a professor at the graduate school of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa, whether there are enough safeguards to protect individual privacy.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau asked four times for unanimous consent on motions he said would have provided greater transparency on how MP's spend their money, and four times unanimous consent was denied. Requesting unanimous consent is a tool designed to speed up the legislative process. So when can it be used and why is it sometimes refused? Those are Good Questions for CBC political blogger and House contributor Kady O'Malley.