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Scrums - December 2, 2011

Liberal MP Wayne Easter, Liberal deputy whip Massimo Pacetti, NDP Treasury Board critic Alexandre Boulerice, and NDP military procurement critic Christine Moore discussed the renewed controversy surrounding Defence Minister Peter MacKay's use of a military helicopter. 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. But newly-released emails from the Department of National Defence contradict the official version of the minister's explanation.

NDP MP Jean Crowder spoke to reporters about the government's response to the housing crisis in Attawapiskat.

NDP industry critic Guy Caron and Liberal MP Denis Coderre commented on whether Canadian energy company Suncor should continue to operate in Syria. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is warning that the country is headed towards a civil war.

Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley, NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice and Liberal MP Denis Coderre reacted to the decision of Service Canada to instruct its offices in Quebec that they cannot display any Christmas decorations. An official had emailed the memo last month.

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