New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.
Alberta NDP MP Heather McPherson says she supports the energy industry but that the war room is 'absurd' and pulls attention from existing opportunities for strong oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.
'I’m pleased that we’re moving to modernize our Senate, because it seemed like it was really in the dark ages,' says Sen. Nancy Hartling, while Sen. Rosa Galvez points to remaining parliamentary privilege loophole.
A real visit to the building can’t be replaced, but the VR experience is the next best thing owing to the sense of scale and its 'fully sensory environment,' says LoP virtual experience chief Kit Frost.
The Government Whip declined to share the Liberals' exact physical attendance figures for the sitting, dedicated Question Period watcher Dale Smith says only one or two Grits were present for the first few days back.