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

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OTTAWA - The Canadian Press is always on the lookout for noteworthy or zesty exchanges on the floor of the House of Commons. On Thursday, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen asked Treasury Board President Tony Clement why more parliamentary scrutiny wasn't afforded the appointment of Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.

Mathyssen: Mr. Speaker, a young MP once asked about the Liberals' infamous appointment of Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski. The question was: 'Will the government at least...commit to a full parliamentary review for all appointees?'

Who was that? It was the prime minister.

This time, we had barely 45 minutes of committee questions before the Liberals and Conservatives stood together and wilfully ignored the concerns of experts and advocates.

Was that 45 minutes really the full parliamentary review that the prime minister once promised?

Clement: Mr. Speaker, the privacy commissioner is a person with over 30 years experience in legal and privacy matters. He comes from a field of highly qualified candidates, and he was the best candidate.

It will be interesting to see, as question period progresses, whether NDP members will repeat what they did yesterday when they had one round of questions decrying the selection of the privacy commissioner and another round of questions asking why we did not listen to the privacy commissioner.

I would like to see what sort of mail-outs they are going to have on that one.

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