December 1, 2011

Scrums

December 1, 2011

Interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel and NDP MP Charlie Angus spoke to reporters about the Conservative government’s response time to the housing crisis in Attawapiskat. The northern Ontario First Nation community has been placed under third-party management.

NDP defence critic David Christopherson, Liberal MP Scott Simms and Liberal House leader Marc Garneau responded to questions about newly-released emails from the Department of National Defence that contradict the official version of a use of a military helicopter by Defence Minister Peter MacKay. The minister had used a search and rescue helicopter in July 2010 to leave fishing lodge in Newfoundland and Labrador. MacKay maintains that his vacation was cut short to take part in a search and rescue exercise with the military.

Liberal justice critic Irwin Cotler commented on the government’s failed attempt to introduce last-minute amendments to its omnibus crime bill. The government’s amendments are similar to those proposed by Cotler. The legislation is expected to be passed in the House of Commons this week.