Ministers in the Conservative government are notorious for regurgitating talking points in question period rather than answering, you know, questions.

The practice has become so infamous that Mark Critch of "This Hour has 22 Minutes" decided to give it a try himself this week, with Treasury Board President Tony Clement acting as sparring partner.

Clement has deflected his fair share of questions and the minister really showed Critch how its done.

Now if only "22 Minutes" could teach MPs how to insert some much-needed humour into question period.

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  • All info comes from the <a href="http://www.hilltimes.com/100-most-influential/2013/01/28/the-top-101-most-influential-people-in-government-and-politics-in-2013/33514">Hill Times' most influential people in government list for 2013</a>.

  • 10. Wayne Wouters

    Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet.

  • 9. Nigel Wright

    Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

  • 8. Thomas Mulcair

    Leader of the federal NDP.

  • 7. Mark Carney

    Governor of the Bank of Canada, but soon to become governor of the Bank of England.

  • 6. Ed Fast

    Minister for International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.

  • 5. Tony Clement

    President of the Treasury Board.

  • 4. John Baird

    Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • 3. Jason Kenney

    Minister of Immigration.

  • 2. Jim Flaherty

    Minister of Finance.

  • 1. Stephen Harper

    Prime Minister of Canada.