John Ivison: MP’s defection a welcome boost for Scheer, but Tories still have ground to make up

The script in the House of Commons is usually predictable and repetitive, as if designed for early learners.

But Parliament retains the power to excite. Milling around in the foyer of the House Monday, it was suggested to me that I might want to be in the chamber at 1:30 p.m.

I entered during the debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation, to the characteristic sound of the NDP — on any discussion on trade — barking up the wrong tree.

There was a smattering of government and...

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