Thomas Mulcair, Joe Oliver expected to go at it during question period

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair winks while receiving a standing ovation from his caucus...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair winks while receiving a standing ovation from his caucus during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

OTTAWA -- With MPs coming off a two-week break, Monday's question period could be the scene of fireworks between the official opposition and new Finance Minister Joe Oliver.

This will be the first time NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair will have a chance to challenge Oliver in the Commons after calling him an "embarrassment" last week and repeating an aboriginal chief's suggestion that the minister harboured racist views.

Mulcair has refused to apologize for what Employment Minister Jason Kenney described as "a baseless smear."

Several private member's bills are up for debate this week, including Conservative MP Rob Anders's bill to put rapists in prison for at least eight years.

"I would have been fine with 20 years," Anders said in January, but settled for a lower minimum in order to avoid constitutional challenges.

 


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