OTTAWA – You look at the first question period to see an in-person House of Commons for the first time since March 2020 after the Great Reset, it will be with different expectation.

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Perhaps, you try to deceive yourself, it may be possible that the tragic BC floods may quell emergency discourse and silence general history.

Or that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who blasted the opposition by focusing “on personal attacks, on partisan attacks, on spreading the soil as much as possible” during his last pre-election Commons appearance last June, finds himself following will rise above the standard. in others.


Or, if that’s not asking too much, real-life Canadian concerns—namely inflation and labor shortages—will be the central focus on government legacy projects like $10-a-day child care, which may even roll out. There is no more affordable housing in the years to come, which will never happen.

Sadly not for all of the above.

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The “newly restructured” era, as Trudeau called it, began Wednesday with the same old, same-old mishmash of hyperventilating theatrics and selective deafness to serious questions from leaders delivering the lines of practice they did two hours earlier. had rehearsed.

Before the hour was over, often-ignored speaker Anthony Rota pleaded for quiet decency more than half a dozen times as he lost track of the conversation in the racket.

All in all, it was a spectacle like anything we’ve seen before. Noisy only.

Trudeau was asked about inflation and why it was mentioned only once in Tuesday’s Throne speech. He touted it as a global problem and tackled it with his daycare plan.

He was asked about the labor shortage underpinning economic recovery, a problem he neglected to mention in Drones from the Throne. He said boosting immigration would help.

He was asked to estimate the cost of bacon, bread, gas and lumber. With no clue, he brushed it off as a ‘cheap political ploy’ and wisely missed the primary concerns of all voters, namely childcare locations and housing prices.

He was politely asked by Block Québecois if he would consider the health care funding summit. Trudeau said he already has a plan.

The NDP leader urged the government to take concrete action on climate change. Trudeau said voters liked his better plan in the election.

You get the flow.

All of the prime minister’s most disturbing actions returned to an even more disturbing display than usual as he dismissed all suggestions, denied all opportunities for informative answers, and argued that no matter what his priorities were. No, they are not worth discussing.

For my money, Trudeau took a far cheaper shot at the Conservatives than he got back, even as he slammed the Jealousy all the way for “silly schoolyard insults.”

But the Conservatives are not without sin, having housed multiple mentions of Trudeau’s Tofino surfing getaway and acknowledging their interest in monetary policy, designating the current price spiral as justin-flash.

It’s unfortunate how so much time and effort spent on stage-building and quality candidate-recruiting resulted in millions of doors knocking: a $600 million election bill for the House of Commons built in the same alignment that surrounds Created was a Question Hour folly that doesn’t look out of place long before the election.

It may be a rude welcome for rookie lawmakers to see themselves seated in a House divided by such instant rancor that unity of purpose, even as the West and East coasts are deeply rooted in climate change, was missing in action. their first day.

But they should have known what was coming. After all, this 44th Parliament is just a copy-paste of the 43rd Parliament. Who did the 42nd copy. And repeated the 41st …

That’s the bottom line.