Watched some of the first question period and have concluded that the Tea Party has nothing on the Federal parliament of Canada. Even though the star of the Tea party is Canadian it has a long way to go to be as stupid sounding and looking as our Federal Parliament.
First thing out of the gate our official opposition started back on the senate scandal with questions about what the PM new and said and didn’t say . Well since the PM found an excuse to be out of town and left scripted answers with a sock puppet what was the point of the question. Opposition members could wait until the PM slithers back to Ottawa to ask the question and instead of reading from the prepared scrip the Government could have simply said the matter is under police investigation and they cannot comment which should have put the scandal questions on hold.
Do not get Heidi wrong there were some good question put forth by the opposition such as the removal of funding from any one counseling rape victims about abortion. However the governments answer was from a prepared script. Heidi watched several government ministers give answers from a prepared script. What would this indicate, could be a couple of things, the PMO tells what they should say and provides the script so they will not deviate, as a minister they have no idea what their ministry is about so some bureaucrat has given them notes to read from. After reading the prepared script as to the answers they would babble on about something that had nothing to do with the topic at hand.
Heidi remembers the time before Mulroney when during question period ,when a minister was asked a question they knew the answer they knew the numbers and if the opposition did not like the answer they were quick to respond. Now the minister reads from prepared notes and the opposition cannot respond to the answer because they are not sure if they like it or not .
Heidi wants to know what happened to our government. When did the opposition become confrontational and when did the government itself become defensive and secretive to the point all the elected officials seem to just care about getting reelected and then suck up to the PMO to become a minister. When did our representatives stop representing us and start only representing the PMO.
Just a last thought, why did Harper need to go to Brussels on the first day of Parliament , Heidi is more than positive that the political leaders of Europe would delay things for a day or two so Steve could attend the first day of Parliament. After all he is the PM and it would at the very least be a courtesy to the people of Canada that he show up on the first day especially since he delayed the first day by proroguing Parliament to do whatever he does while not wearing his wedding ring.