A Tale of Two Houses

I was only in the House for two of five scheduled Question Periods last week. The raucous QP following the caucus on Wednesday and the one cancelled due to the shock and grief of Thursday. The temperature, the demeanour and the experience separated by twenty three hours could not have been more different and pronounced. Wednesday is caucus day when Parliament is sitting. Regional Caucuses meet at 8 am and National Caucus at 9:30 (that is the CPC schedule). While the members of the respective caucuses are being fed raw meat and told how great they and their team are, I am struggling to pick up some rudimentary elements of the French language. Accordingly, Wednesday has a reputation for being the most partisan and aggressive Question Period of the week; as the leaders have spent the morning pounding their chests to the fawning approval of their sycophantic caucuses. Last Wednesday…