For political junkies, the return of Question Period is akin to what the start of the NHL season is for hockey fans. Surprisingly enough, the first session of Question Period was not the only thing that was preoccupying #cdnpoli followers today:
Parliament is finally back in session, in spite of the PM’s absence. Yesterday, PM Harper announced that he would be going to Brussels to negotiate the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU.
Things in QP got off to a heated start as the NDP wasted no time in demanding answers from the CPC in regard to the Senate scandals which took place over the past few months.
One thing that was noted by Canadians on Twitter is that the CPC answered many of the questions directed at them by talking about the CETA deal, whether or not it was relevant:
Wallin, Duffy, Brazeau to be suspended without pay
Twitter was abuzz after Senator Claude Carignan, the newly appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate, introduced a motion that would have Senator Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau suspended from the Senate without pay.
Carignan said the suspension will come as a result of the senators’ “gross negligence in managing parliamentary resources”.
The announcement came just hours after Senator Mike Duffy sent a letter to the Speaker of the Senate, Noel Kinsella, announcing that he would be taking a medical leave of absence due to a pre-existing heart condition.
Anti-shale gas protesters clash with RCMP in New Brunswick
There was a clash between anti-shale gas protesters and the police in Rexton, New Brunswick today. This was the culmination of a conflict that began on September 30 after protesters blocked Route 134 near Rexton in order to prevent SWN Resources from conducting hydro-fracking in the area.
40 protesters were arrested by the RCMP, including First Nations Chief Arren Sock. Today’s clash became violent when police sprayed protesters with pepper spray and protesters set RCMP cars on fire.
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