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The Backbench Spring: The unvetted MP

An unscripted moment in the House


 

Brent Rathgeber tweets that he gave an unvetted statement—about taxation and government spending—in the House on Friday.

In theory, I’m told, all statements by Conservative MPs are to be vetted by the government whip’s office (I’ve asked Gordon O’Connor’s office for clarification, but the whip’s office tends not to comment on such matters). Mr. Rathgeber seems to have not submitted to that process. He was scheduled to deliver a statement on Friday, but it’s unclear whether he spoke because he was on the approved list despite not submitting his statement or because he stood and caught the Speaker’s eye.

Either way, an MP stood in the House and said something without the approval of his party’s leadership. So that’s… something.

Meanwhile, in comments to the Hill Times, Conservative MP David Tilson raises the possibility for conflict when some MPs are operating according to the whip’s list and other MPs are standing and hoping to catch the Speaker’s eye.

“If I was the last government member to make a statement in the House on the list, and was approved, and some guy stands up and makes a statement which precludes me from making a statement, they’re going against my democratic rights. They may say they’re losing their democratic rights, [but] I’ve been approved to speak, and now I’m being precluded from speaking,” said Conservative MP David Tilson (Dufferin-Caleton, Ont.) in an interview last week with The Hill Times. 


 

The Backbench Spring: The unvetted MP

  1. “If I was the last government member to make a statement in the House on the list, and was approved, and some guy stands up and makes a statement which precludes me from making a statement, they’re going against my democratic rights”

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the stupidest thing to be said by a Conservative backbencher so far this month (talking points excluded).

    • So that’s not saying very much, then.

    • His democratic right to be told what to say and when have been “gone against”

      Potter was right, this is the party of the stupid, and it seems, the illiterate.

    • Tilson is referring to the well known democratic right of being a lickspittle for the PMO.

  2. Oh! he’s been approved to speak. Now that’s a democracy, alright….

  3. David Tilson ….the Wayland Smithers of the Conservative Party.

  4. “(I’ve asked Gordon O’Connor’s office for clarification, but the whip’s office tends not to comment on such matters).”

    At least not until that comment has been vetted.

  5. “He was scheduled to deliver a statement on Friday, but it’s unclear
    whether he spoke because he was on the approved list despite not
    submitting his statement or because he stood and caught the Speaker’s
    eye.”

    At this rate these guys might win the right to go out at recess and play with Steve’s ok.

  6. Tilson deserves cockpunch for being whiny beyotch.

  7. He’s not so much being “precluded from speaking”, as he’s being precluded from channeling the short-pantser’s juvenile thoughts while mindlessly flapping his jaws.

  8. “If I was the last government member to make a statement in the House on the list, and was approved, and some guy stands up and makes a statement which precludes me from making a statement, they’re going against my democratic rights…”

    By all accounts, many desks outside the purview of the camera are vacant during QP. I suggest they settle this kind of dispute by using one of them as a table on which to arm-wrestle.

    Or maybe a rousing round of rock, scissors, paper would do it.

  9. My God, Mr. Tilson! How horrible! It’s almost as if you might be expected to stand on your own two damned feet for your constituents.

    Why, if that keeps up, some of them might even start to think you’re supposed to represent their views!

    • I think you mean ‘stand on your own two hind feet’.

  10. My reaction is a little different. I think this is very, very sad and more than a little troubling for our democracy that this even has to be reported on.

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