Mulcair questions the timing of Canada-EU free-trade announcement

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If it gets ratified, Canada's agreement in principle with Europe will become our country's biggest free-trade deal. This week on The House, Evan Solomon talks to International Trade Minister Ed Fast from Brussels, where the announcement was made. With the details of the deal still being worked out, and an approval that could take years, why make the announcement now?

Wednesday's Speech from the Throne officially marked the return of Parliament. Despite an agenda long on promises and short on specifics, as well as an agreement in principle with the European Union, the unfolding Senate scandal continued to overshadow other political stories in the capital. The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, joins us for his take on Parliament's return. 

Is it possible newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon never actually sits on the country's highest court? The former Federal Court judge decided to step aside while his nomination to the Supreme Court is being challenged by a Toronto lawyer through, that's right, the courts. That could take a while, and it turns out that there are no simple alternatives. The CBC's Alison Crawford looks at the possible scenarios.

Chris Hall, CBC National Affairs Editor, and Tasha Kheiriddin, columnist with the National Post and iPolitics, join us for our weekly House panel. And Kady O'Malley is back to keep an eye on procedural shenanigans on Parliament Hill.

 

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