February 8, 2012

Scrums

February 8, 2012

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and NDP finance critic Peter Julian commented on the report on public pensions by parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who says that the Old Age Security program is sustainable.

Interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel and interim Liberal leader Bob Rae responded to questions about the new census figures for 2011 and about whether babies should be allowed in the House of Commons. New Democrat MP Sana Hassainia says she was told to remove her baby from the Chamber of the House of Commons yesterday during a vote.

Hassainia herself later clarified the situation with reporters and said that she has been told she can return with her son to the Chamber of the House of Commons. She had to bring her baby with her in the Chamber for the vote after she could not find her husband, who had joined her at work. Speaker Andrew Scheer’s office says that he was only asking MPs who were standing around the baby and taking pictures to take their seats for the vote. Skander Jack, who was named after the late NDP leader Jack Layton, was born last December and is Hassainia’s first child.

New Democrat MP Charlie Angus discussed the final report from the National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education. Among the five recommendations is the creation of a First Nations education act.

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney and NDP justice critic Jack Harris spoke to reporters about the federal government’s directive that CSIS can use information that may have been obtained through torture.