OTTAWA—Last week’s controversial series of non-sequitur government answers prompted a renewed Opposition bid for parliamentary reform Monday — a motion the government quickly consigned to certain doom.

Even so, the New Democrat motion — designed to give the Speaker more power to block irrelevant answers — seemed to have at least a temporary impact on the Conservatives, who largely stayed on topic during the cut-and-thrust of the daily question period.

The New Democrats had been hoping to extend the Speaker’s authority in the Commons over not just the relevance of the questions being asked during question period, but also the answers provided by the government.

Speaker Andrew Scheer said last week he was powerless to intervene when Tory MP Paul Calandra answered NDP questions about Canadian soldiers in Iraq by posing his own questions about the Opposition’s Middle East policy.

“The most important part of Parliament isn’t the question, it’s the answer,” NDP House leader Peter Julian said Monday in introducing the motion.

“For the Speaker to not have the ability to intervene on the relevance, or on repetition, of answers to extremely important questions that are being asked in the House of Commons is something that I think most Canadians find aggravating.”

But the majority Conservatives argued the motion goes too far and engaged in a bit of procedural trickery Monday to all but ensure it never comes to a vote.

Government House leader Peter Van Loan said the proposal would hamper the government’s ability to defend itself or question the opposition or compare the approaches of other parties.

He called Canada’s question period the most accountable in the world.

“This NDP motion, which is a one-way street, seeks to fully constrain the government without applying any new standards at all to the opposition to elevate the level of question period,” he said.

“This is simply unfair.” […]

The NDP motion comes after all parties in the House agreed to support Conservative MP Michael Chong’s so-called Reform Act, which seeks to provide individual MPs more power to turf their leaders, and to give grassroots riding organizations more say over who represents them.

But in order to win that support, Chong was forced to make its provisions far more flexible — even suggesting that parties could vote at the start of each Parliament as to whether they’d follow the new rules.


My weekend: went to Willow Springs and helped out my friend Paul who owns an incredible consignment shop called Auto Kennel. We took his BMW MZ3 to the track and he did some lap times since he hadn’t been to the track in a while. He did very well, except had some shifting issues which we tried to remedy first by changing the transmission oil and then bleeding and rebleeding the clutch hydraulic system like 10 times. It didn’t help since he has a clutch bad master cylinder most likely and at the end of Sunday did the entire track in 5th gear!

The 911 is a 1986 Carrera that has been backdated, photo taken at his shop. He’s doing a road rally in Mexico with it next month!

Be sure to check out and like his Facebook page (and go visit the shop when he has his open houses if you’re nearby!):

or check out his website:

TH1S 1S 4 G1FT; 1T COM3S W1TH 4 PR1C3 >:]


Epica discography + meanings.

EPIC (ep-ic)

1. a long narrative poem recounting in elevated style the deeds of a legendary hero, especially one originating in oral folk tradition

2. the genre of epic poetry

3. any work of literature, film, etc, having heroic deeds for its subject matter or having other qualities associated with the epic: a Hollywood epic.

4. an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted: the epic of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.

5. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics

6. of heroic or impressive proportions: an epic voyage.