|Thomas Mulcair in Question Period|
Mulcair has clearly spent a great deal of time researching the facts of the Sentate expenses scandal, reviewing previous statements by the PM and other government spokespersons, and zeroing in on the essence of the manner.
Of late, he has made a point of highlighting the evasions of the Prime Minister to questions, clearly spelling out exactly when the PM has refused to answer very clear questions about who knew what and when.
One suggestion to the Opposition parties: Stephen Harper has made a political career in Parliament out of managing the message, disciplining both himself and his party members to devise a message, and to stick to the message. The infamous Tory talking points are not choices for MPs and Cabinet ministers, they are obligatory.
And it is clear to anyone who tunes in to Question Period that the Prime Minister is not answering clear, unambiguous, and essential questions.
The suggestion is this: Erect a physical bar chart showing the cumulative number of questions regarding the Senate scandal that the Prime Minister has answered in Question Period, back to the time the scandal first erupted, as a percentage of the total questions posed to him. Then update that bar chart every Question Period.
Place that Question Period record in a highly visible place in Ottawa. Add a digital one that every Canadian can tune into.
And watch it become one of the most watched objects in Canada.