On Friday, during Question Period, John Baird said some strange things. And not just about Hitler.
Stephen Harper was clear in 2010 that he wouldn’t be putting that year’s extension to the war in Afghanistan to a vote:
“The government has never submitted missions that do not involve combat to the House of Commons. This is a training and technical assistance mission and that is why we are acting on executive authority.” -Stephen Harper, Hansard, November 24, 2010
That wasn’t clear for John Baird though. When asked about another extension – the fifth - he did a little bit of reworking using the powers of Harper History:
“...the Prime Minister has always said that he would bring these issues before Parliament, just like we did on November 25, 2010, when the last extension was voted on.” - John Baird, Hansard, April 27, 2012
Funny thing to say. Have a look at House of Commons Journals for November 25, 2010. You’ll see that there was no vote on that day. However, there was debate on a Bloc Quebecois motion on Afghanistan.