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Commons committees right to push back against government

Transport Minister John Baird was named “Parliamentarian of the Year,” last week by Maclean’s magazine at around the same time the rabble-rousing Cabinet minister spent time filibustering the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee and putting on quite the show in an effort to successfully disrupt the committee’s probe into allegations former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer inappropriately lobbied bureaucrats and politicians. True, Mr. Baird can be an entertaining political player in and out of the House, as well as the most influential member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet, according to The Hill Times’ 18th annual survey this year, but he and his government’s dog and pony show are wearing thin. This is not a game. This is not entertainment. But Mr. Baird, Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis and Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, all showed up uninvited as witnesses to the committee last week and proceeded to disrupt it for nearly two hours. Mr. Baird yelled “Point of order, point of order!” too many times and hollered, “You can’t handle the truth.” Putting on his bad Jack Nicholson imitation acting debut, Mr. Baird and these Cabinet ministers made fools of themselves.

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