Day in the life of PM on Twitter

New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill.

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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motorcade didn't run any red lights Monday when he was driven to work by his security detail.

His cat Stanley purred on a kitchen chair beside him when he ate breakfast at 24 Sussex Drive.

Harper's first day back at the office after a six-week recess was like most days when the House of Commons sits, including a quick working lunch at his Centre Block desk and meetings with key legislative and executive staff.

On Twitter, under the hashtag "dayinthelife", the prime minister shared commentary and snapshots of a routine day with his followers and served up details from the breakfast table to the end of his shift.

And like many days, protesters stomped and danced and waved flags and placards on Parliament Hill - this time demanding action on aboriginal grievances.

Back in the House, opposition leaders - as predictable as ice on an Ottawa sidewalk in January - took up the aboriginal cause during question period and blamed the Tories for ignoring their plight and not including them in consultations on issues affecting them.

But NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and interim Liberal leader Bob Rae didn't raise corruption on reserves, missing funds, shoddy record-keeping, band council salaries and other points unrelated to treaty rights and resource development.

And when New Democrats and Liberals weren't standing in solidarity with First Nations, they attacked the government for being wasteful and incompetent.

Not one question on the economy on a day when Iran launched a monkey into space and packagers celebrated Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

Instead, opposition MPs picked one front-bencher after another for what they charged were examples of cabinet ministers performing badly.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay was accosted for using a search and rescue helicopter for personal use.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley was blamed for losing the private data of 600,000 people related to student loans and cutbacks in employment insurance.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was portrayed as a bully for attacking the work of Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan was accused of closing a job creation centre for aboriginals.

Tim Uppal, the minister of state for democratic reform, was left to defend the appointment of five Tories to the Senate.

On the decorum front, NDP MP Charlie Angus appeared to be the only parliamentarian rebuked Monday by the Speaker. He got in trouble for saying Tory MP Pierre Poilievre wore a clown nose.

The most surprising development of the day was NDP MP Pat Martin - the subject of a $5 million libel suit - who participated in a news conference and didn't utter a word.

Martin was forced to get off Twitter in December for calling Conservatives "rat-faced whores."

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