How to properly chastise another MP

As noted yesterday, there was a small discussion after QP yesterday about the proper use of the adjectives of “stupid” and “ignorant.” Speaker Scheer explained as follows.

I would agree with the hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley that calling another member stupid would be unparliamentary. The phrase I heard was referring to the comments made by the member and criticizing the statements he made. That is as I heard it. I would not want to comment on not being able to find more appropriate words to make a point. Certainly, members might want to use their own judgment when it comes to the elevation of their debate. I certainly cannot find that referring to a member’s comments and criticizing the comments in that way would fall into the same category as making a personal attack and making a personal characterization. That is as I heard it today.




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How to properly chastise another MP

  1. So they didn’t call the member stupid. They just said that the member’s statement is the type of thing you’d expect a stupid person to say.

    • Well, not exactly. Even the brightest among us say stupid things. Not that you’ll find many of those brightest in the HoC…

  2. Funny, when I said that something my little brother said was stupid, but I didn’t actually CALL him stupid, my Mom didn’t see the difference. She still sent me to my room.

  3. This reminds me of the (stupid) parenting advice of the Eighties: never tell your child they are bad, just that their actions are bad.

    No you’re bad, kid, and conservatives, you are ignorant and some of you, stupid. Andrew Sheer, for example, seems to stupid to realize that being speaker is a privelege and a position of power — he can create a great legacy of work like Milliken. Or a legacy of partisan shame. Such as he seems to prefer.

  4. How much further do things have to decline before calling someone “unparliamentary” is actually a compliment?

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