Commons set to adjourn for summer

The House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Oct. 10, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

The House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Oct. 10, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

OTTAWA — MPs were set to close shop this week after yet another bitter parliamentary sitting, capped by melodramatic outbursts from opposition MPs over the government's decision to position Canada as an energy superpower.

While New Democrats and Liberals shrilled together over the Northern Gateway pipeline, controversy is about to follow them out the door.

The NDP is set to storm off on charges it abused tax dollars to shower ridings with partisan flyers and more public funds to set up satellite offices outside Ottawa as front-line, election-ready kiosks.

Liberals are to scurry after Justin Trudeau, who's rebranded the party as pro-choice only - no longer open to pro-life candidates, a decree that has put him at odds with the Catholic Church and the muzzled pro-life wing inside his caucus.

Conservatives are set to scatter with wounds of their own, but had little trouble pushing their legislative agenda through, despite some hiccups and mostly unsuccessful efforts by the minority opposition to block or amend many bills.

They scored like the Maple Leafs when they faced off against the Supreme Court - suffering losses from Senate reform hopes to an appointment to the court, among other setbacks.

 


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