Van Loan makes a splash in Question Period
I'm still at a loss to understand why the Conservatives want Government House Leader Peter Van Loan to be doing all the answering (I use the term loosely) in Question Period. It can't be popular demand, surely.
Today, Van Loan was hauling out his now-predictable barbs against Bob Rae, reaching back into Rae's time as Ontario premier for something or other. (Memo to Van Loan: You might want to check with Bob about whether he's seen your anti-Rae talking points, in booklet form. Remember that Conservative candidate you didn't want? The one who was supposed to be delivering those lines? The one who supported Rae in the Toronto Centre by-election?)
Today, Rae responded to Van Loan this way: "For all I know, Mr. Speaker, at that time the minister who just responded was in high school pulling the wings off butterflies."
Van Loan, meanwhile, managed to knock over his water glass amid all this hilarity — drenching Prime Minister Stephen Harper beside him. I didn't see this with my own eyes, but CBC folks did, and they've blogged on it here.