Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, NDP Finance critic (Peggy Nash), NDP deputy Finance critic Guy Caron, Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, Liberal House leader Marc Garneau, Bloc Québécois MP André Bellavance, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May spoke to reporters about the budget bill. The second reading vote on Bill C-38
was scheduled for later in the day.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Bob Rae commented on the minister’s response in the House about the elimination of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. T he interim Liberal leader had raised the issue during question period.