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A word about Andrew Scheer’s stress levels

Tease the day: What can the Speaker of the House expect to see next?


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Andrew Scheer’s job is not one to envy. He’s the Speaker of the House and, oh, what a few days it’s been. It’s standard practice for MPs to behave like children, so that’s something Scheer is constantly forced to watch and, occasionally, adjudicate. This week took it to the next level. On Tuesday, behind the doors he faces on the other side of the House of Commons, a group of Aboriginal leaders attempted to enter the chamber. It wasn’t exactly a threat to democracy, but it can’t have reduced Scheer’s stress load. Later that day, MPs voted for several consecutive hours on the government’s budget bill. They’re used to this, having now voted in several marathons since the last federal election. Then, yesterday, in the aftermath of that vote and right in front of Scheer’s face, the Government House Leader and his opposition engaged in some kind of heated disagreement—you’ll see it recalled in today’s papers as a “near-brawl”, a “nose-to-nose” affair that might have “come to blows” if cooler heads hadn’t prevailed. Scheer stood and watched. Then it was over. This is some spectacle. Place your bets below on what will happen next in our venerable chamber, and don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Our elected officials might just outdo you.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that new settlements east of Jerusalem aren’t helpful to the peace process in the Middle East. The National Post fronts creative budgeting at the Department of National Defence. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with millions of dollars in odd jobs at Toronto’s school board. The Ottawa Citizen leads with the builder of the city’s new light rail line. iPolitics fronts yesterday’s confrontation between government and opposition MPs on the House floor. National Newswatch showcases a Canadian Press story about that “near-brawl.”

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Gateway opposition. Aboriginal groups on the west coast disagree about the environmental impact of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. One group’s opposition is waning. 2. Cybersecurity. Postmedia reports that Canadian companies aren’t investing very heavily in cybersecurity measures to counter “significant” threats from potential attackers.
3. OxyContin at the border. The federal government’s recent approval of six generic versions of OxyContin has American authorities, particularly at border stations, on alert. 4. O Canada. A Toronto man is filing a complaint against Toronto’s school board with the province’s human rights tribunal. He says kids shouldn’t be forced to sing the national anthem a cappella.

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A word about Andrew Scheer’s stress levels

  1. Speaker Andrew Scheer is loyal to Harper which is why he awkwardly tried to look the other way as Van Loon’s unacceptable behavior unfolded before his very eyes. He pretended not to notice but the act of workplace violence was all caught on tape. Scheer should review the tape and do his job. He should discipline Van Loon for his unparliamentary language and behavior. This type of intimidation and bullying is not acceptable in any other workplace and you would think members of parliament would try to set a good example. But no. Leave it to the Conservatives to defend their bullying with even more bullying and by blaming the victim for their own acts of aggression.

  2. scheer is way over his head in the job of house speaker…….he really is the worst speaker of the house by far……..please do democracy a favor mr scheer….resign already ….

  3. Kind of hard to feel sorry for an ambitious yet immature guy who wanted the job that was waaaaay out of his league, and got it due to partisanship. He got it over Lee Richardson because the cons knew he would kowtow to their party line more than Richardson. He’s in way over his head, but you know, the arrogant never realize such things. I just don’t know how he looks in the mirror each day, knowing he’s a fool without the nards to make the right judgements. Or any judgements.

    • Yesterday’s incident featuring Van Loan shows exactly how much respect the Conservatives have for the Speaker — none at all. They treat him as a subordinate and he responds as a subordinate.

  4. I remember the days when a Speaker was impartial, and prided themselves on their loyalty to Parliament over the party. Yet another honoured Canadian tradition ground into the dirt by this dismal excuse for a government.

  5. Stress? If the speaker is suffering stress it comes from twisting himself in knots to avoid doing his job. How hard it is it to tell Van Loan to “sit down and shut up?”

    I mean you gotta think almost everyone in Ottawa has wanted to do that at one time or another. Would it harsh his mellow too much to just say “whoa dude, you have to go back to your chair?”

    • We need to write things like “harsh his mellow” more on these comment boards.

      • You just harshed my mellow, Nick.


  6. No sympathy for Scheer, here. He made his own bed when he denied May’s motion at the last Omnibudget. May’s motion that the government’s bill was substantially incomplete, with evidence provided by government MPs as they stood and proclaimed various things that would be handled by the bill that it quite simply never touched, was, IMO, well-formed and valid. That he denied it basically told the House that he has no intention of ensuring that good governance can happen there.

    That we end up in situations like this then, is entirely his own fault.

    The only sad part is that the bed he made is the one we all have to lie in.

    • Now all we have to do is ask the GG to do his job hahahhahaahahahah

  7. Scheer has let them get away with one thing after another. It adds up. Eventually they will be rolling on the floor belting each other, and the trick of turning our parliament into a saloon will be complete.

    Stress be damned, start putting the gavel….or better yet the mace….to good use. WHACK!

  8. Scheer isn’t fit to tie Peter Milliken’s shoelaces, and he knows it, cause for stress enough, having a fascist boss in the PMO who does nothing but exhibit contempt for democracy and parliament doesn’t help. Resign.

  9. Speaker Scheer reacted very appropriately —-zero reaction.

    I suppose a previous Speaker might have wanted to prolong the situation by spouting a bunch of cliches while enjoying the sound of his own voice.

    Scheer, despite a frantic dipper running up to him crying, observed that Mackay, Cullen and others had diffused the situation and the best thing to do would be to say nothing and let the men work it out themselves.

    It shows wisdom and leadership on his part.

    • Party above country for ever and always, CPC supporters!

    • You forgot to mention the Carbon Tax! You are not a very good short-pantser.

  10. The harper gov’t have tried their best to make a mockery of Canadian Parliament and Laws. But in fact, have succeeded best at making themselves look the fools that they are.

  11. Did anyone watch the faces of those three young Paige’s while this was going on? they were shocked and if ever they thought of a career in politics well I have a feeling they may have be thinking twice about one. This whole conservative government should be completely ashamed of themselves.