Question Period Review: Winter and Spring

Question Period Review: Winter and Spring

June 27, 2017 11:18amET

The economy and a new U.S. administration. Ethics and the rules of the House of Commons. Infrastructure, carbon pricing, and terrorism.

Explore the last sitting’s top issues through the lens of Question Period and the CPAC Digital Archive.

Here are the 10 most-viewed question periods from the first half of 2017:


May 29

Andrew Scheer attends his first Question Period as the new Conservative leader. Finance Minister Bill Morneau defends the government’s economic policies. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan answers questions about Canada’s contribution to NATO’s campaign against ISIS. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi speaks on the Canada Infrastructure Bank.


Watch the full May 29 question period:


June 6

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions about the government’s efforts to protect Canadians from terrorist attacks. The prime minister also responds to questions about taxes, a possible re-opening of constitutional negotiations with Quebec, and the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur for the post of official languages commissioner. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks on her motion concerning the government’s new foreign policy objectives.

Watch the full June 6 question period:


May 1

Sajjan addresses calls for his resignation and apologizes for his controversial claims that he was the architect of a major 2006 military campaign in Afghanistan. Trudeau defends his minister and answers questions about the government’s proposal to reform House of Commons rules and the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade dispute.

Watch the full May 1 question period:


June 5

In his first question period encounter with Scheer, Trudeau provides an update on the government’s response to the June 3 terrorist attack in London, which killed Canadian Christine Archibald. The prime minister also answers questions about the Canada Infrastructure Bank and Madeleine Meilleur’s nomination. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly also faces questions about Meilleur.

Watch the full June 5 question period:


May 10

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers each question. Topics include the Canada Infrastructure Bank, a bill to amend the Criminal Code concerning criminal bail, the appointment of a new official languages commissioner, and his meetings with the parliamentary ethics commissioner.

Watch the full May 10 question period:


March 22

Trudeau defends a government discussion paper that proposes changes to the House of Commons’ Standing Orders. Government House Leader Bardish Chagger also comments on the proposals, and defends the prime minister’s vacation expenses.

Watch the full March 22 question period:


April 13

Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr answer questions about softwood lumber negotiations with the U.S. Bardish Chagger addresses proposed changes to the role of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna defends ongoing criminal charges for marijuana possession despite plans to legalize cannabis.

Watch the full April 13 question period:


February 3

Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Parliamentary Secretary for Finance) answers questions on Canada’s economic competitiveness relative to the U.S. economy, and taxes for the middle class. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould defends the government for abandoning its campaign promise on electoral reform. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale addresses concerns that Canadian dual citizens are getting their Nexus cards revoked due to the U.S. ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Watch the full Feb. 3 question period:


May 19

Joly answers questions about the official languages commissioner. Marco Mendicino (Parliamentary Secretary for Justice) and Kevin Lamoureux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader) address allegations of partisan involvement in various government appointments. Jonathan Wilkinson (Parliamentary Secretary for Environment) defends the government’s carbon-pricing plan.

Watch the full May 19 question period:


May 16

Trudeau answers questions on the future of the National Energy Board in Alberta, on how many times he has met with the parliamentary ethics commissioner, and on possible conflicts of interest over his personal family vacation with the Aga Khan. Chagger responds to questions about the appointment of the next parliamentary ethics commissioner.

Watch the full May 16 question period:

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson