Andrew Scheer will take your questions (away)

The Speaker puts the leader of the opposition in timeout

As seen here, Thomas Mulcair ran afoul of the Speaker yesterday afternoon. First, he suggested the minister of democratic reform was “dim.” Second, the NDP leader declared the Conservatives were trying to “cheat” with the Fair Elections Act. And third, after being told explicitly to avoid the c-word, Mr. Mulcair both challenged the Speaker and used the word again.

With that, Speaker Scheer cut off the NDP leader and moved on to the next MP on the list and thus was Mr. Mulcair prevented from finishing his third intervention and entirely prevented from asking a fourth and fifth question. (Under the current setup, the first five questions go to the official opposition.)

Both Mr. Mulcair and Mr. Harper used the c-word two weeks ago to cast aspersions on each other’s side, but apparently the Speaker is now applying a ban on the aspersion.

A short while later, Pierre Poilievre aimed the c-word in Mr. Mulcair’s direction and the Speaker cut off the minister. Conservatives were then only called on twice to answer questions, rather than the three questions that Conservative MPs usually receive.

See previously: Government business vs. party business, Could the Speaker cut off a response during Question Period?, Andrew Scheer on Question Period, The Scheer crackdown and The Devolin crackdown




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Andrew Scheer will take your questions (away)

  1. David Hume – it is, therefore, a just political maxim that every man must be supposed a knave

    • You have a real gift for inapt quotation.

  2. Maybe Scheer is looking to his next career as a Olympic figure skating judge.

  3. Andrew Scheer has some deciding to do about whether or not his CPC colleague, Brent Butt, is in contempt. Of course, he is — and EC is undergoing an investigation based on his LIES — but still, we look to Andy S to clarify what is a lie and what is not a lie. Think hard, Andy.

    • Wait, it must be Brad Butt, not Brent.

  4. Why doesn’t it concern the Harperites when one of their own, Ringmaster Speaker Andrew Scheer, is so obviously “in over his head”?

  5. The referee shouldn’t be wearing a team jersey.

  6. Speaker Scheer is not consistent with his rulings therefore the H of C Members treat him like a substitute teacher, always taking his measure.

  7. Yes, let us not use the word “cheat” in our noble House of Commons, for, as we all know, drawing attention to such behavior makes it difficult to engage in it. This is why any variations on the word “lie” are also prohibited.

  8. Another day with Justin Trudeau missing from the HoC I see. Fundraising for the Liberal Party of Canada obviously is more important than the actual functioning of our democracy.

    Oh, he’s still on Twitter? Phew!

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