We'll get started in 10 minutes everyone!
Get ready to discuss the big stories of 2013.
Happy early holiday adjournment, everyone!
Santa came early for the MPs!
He certainly did. (Amazing, considering how much of QP they spent using him as a political weapon against each other.) Then again, maybe he just really wanted them to stop.
Here we go! And I can't wait to hear what you guys think mattered most in 2013!
I tend to agree that the Mosley decision was undercovered -- not just his conclusions re: the Conservative Party database., but his even harsher words on the legal tactics employed against the Council of Canadians' appellants.
Q - I think that's a question you might want to put to Hill staff.
I think a lot of stories were undercovered because of the Senate. I'm as guilty as anyone of undercovering some important stories.
It's not really for you or me to decide what's a 'big deal' for a Hill staffer. (One point made to me by more than one person from more than one party is how fundamentally insulting it seems to be asked to sign such an agreement after years of employment, for instance.)
Patrick - Not sure which closed-door meeting you mean. Caucus -- Senate and full -- is always in camera.
What's amazing to me is to look at what the "big" story was at this time last year. First Nations issues were front page news for weeks.
That said, it would be pretty tough to argue that the Senate wasn't the most compelling political story of the year, as far as plot twists and revelations.
Martyn - at least. The story has evolved a lot since this time last year.
Nick - That could very well foreshadow a similar burst of activity in the New Year -- with the ongoing protests against fracking in New Brunswick as a harbinger of what is to come across the country.
Kady, you might be right on the money here.
Amelia Rose - Unfortunately, that tends to happen when the public focus shifts to the economy -- not defending it, but it's definitely a driving factor.
I wonder if the Canada-EU trade deal would have gotten more play if the circumstances had been different.
Ron makes an excellent point re: the Senate reference as well. What with that and those promised changes to the election law, I suspect those issues will be front and centre next year.
Martyn, that's interesting!
Martyn - It's not like there's a dearth of opposition to resource projects/pipelines across the country.
Most overlooked stories people!
Fair point, Hammer. Actually, I think the suspension debate and other Red Chamber battles led to more journalists covering the Senate as a legislative body than has been the case in years.
Not yet, and I guess that at least partially explains why it was covered the way it was.
I suspect will hear a whole lot more about it once said fine print becomes public.