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A noteworthy exchange from question period Monday in the House of Commons

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Justice Minister Peter MacKay responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday May 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Justice Minister Peter MacKay responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday May 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA - The Canadian Press is always on the lookout for noteworthy or zesty exchanges on the floor of the House of Commons. Here is Monday's selection from Question Period, when Liberal MP Joyce Murray pressed Justice Minister Peter MacKay on why the government had revoked its offer of extended release from the military for Master Cpl. Kristian Wolowidnyk, who spoke publicly last fall about his attempted suicide.

Murray: Mr. Speaker, the minister's earlier response regarding Master Cpl. Wolowidnyk was simply shameful self-promotion at the expense of a wounded soldier. After attempting suicide over his impending discharge from the forces, the military offered the master corporal more time to transition to civilian life, but, suddenly, that option is off the table. It seems like the minute the media spotlight disappeared, so did the government's commitment to him.

Will the government fix this flip-flop and treat Master Cpl. Wolowidnyk and service members like him with the respect and the compassion they deserve?

MacKay: Mr. Speaker, our respect for Master Cpl. Wolowidnyk and members of the Canadian Armed Forces could not be higher. In fact, that is why we have not only made significant efforts to improve the mental health and overall health of our Canadian Forces through enormous investments, we have also made enormous investments across the board. We have seen all sectors of the Canadian Forces receive the support that they need, that they deserve, that they continue to earn daily in service of our country.

I do not know why the honourable member, coming from the Liberal party, would take issue with those massive investments that we have made to improve the lives and the well-being of Canadian Armed Forces.

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