Peter Julian, Caucus Chair of the Official Opposition NDP, discussed the adjournment of the House of Commons and the challenges ahead for Canadian politics.
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Peter Julian: Why Official Opposition NDP agreed to adjourn House early


In a wide-ranging interview with RCI, the Caucus Chair of the Official Opposition NDP, Peter Julian explained some of the factors that led his party to agree to an early adjournment of Canada’s House of Commons for the summer break.

The spring has been a difficult period for the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper. Many unaswered questions remain about a $90,000 cheque made by the PM’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright to Conservative Senator Mike Duffy to cover contested expense claims. Questions about other senators’s expense claims both Conservative and Liberal in the upper chamber continue to be raised.

The wave for transparency and accountability has also hit the House of Commons, and it was unanimous support for Julian’s motion for the creation of an independent body to oversee House of Commons spending that helped in the decision to adjourn the Commons on Tuesday (June 18) rather than on Friday.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Member of Parliament Peter Julian about the motion, the strategy of the Official Opposition as it prepares for the return to the Commons in September, and about the federal election in 2015.

More information:
CBC News – All-party deal on bills, MP oversight lets House out early – here
Kady O’Malley/ CBC – 7 unanimous consent motions that shut down the Commons for the summer – here
RCI – Politicians vaunt achievements as Canada’s House of Commons adjourns early (audio) – here
Peter Julian website –

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