October 17, 2012

Question Period

October 17, 2012

Debate opens with an exchange between Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the government’s handling of a recall of E. coli–tainted beef processed by XL Foods. Pierre Poilievre (parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, infrastructure and communities) faces questions about irregularities in the 2011 election campaign of Peter Penashue, the minister of intergovernmental affairs. Other topics of debate include reforms to the Employment Insurance program and CNOOC’s proposed takeover bid for Nexen, a Canadian oil company.