The House of Commons gets its back up -

The House of Commons gets its back up

Rajotte, Rae and Trost on the concerns of Mark Warawa


Conservative MP James Rajotte, asked after QP today whether Mark Warawa should have been able to give his statement to the House last Thursday.

I think members should be able to give the statements they want to give in the House, yes.

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, speaking to reporters after QP.

I think that members should be freer to talk and should be freer to present their point of view but, you know, we’re dealing with a control freak government. I mean we’re dealing with a government that announces programs and then says now that we’ve announced the program we’ll start to discuss it with the provinces. I mean it’s the same philosophy that you see all the way through. So I don’t know, maybe if the members who are unhappy dressed up like pandas, the Prime Minister would pay them some attention … All I know is that I’ve consistently allowed free votes on private members’ bills. I’ve consistently indicated that I think we need to free the House up and I would have thought that the party of Preston Manning would want to do the same thing … that’s been one of the biggest changes that I’ve seen in my time in the House.

John Ivison reports that “20 or so” Conservative MPs met last night to discuss their concerns.

“The decision made by our own committee members, following orders from the highest office in the country, serves to euthanize any remaining principles of the Reform Party in our caucus, if we as members allow it to stand,” said one Conservative, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Star gathers comment from several MPs, including Conservative MP Brad Trost.

Conservative Brad Trost, the MP for Saskatoon—Humboldt, said he does not understand why his party will not let its MPs say whatever they want in their statements, given there is nothing to stop them from saying it outside the Commons. “Frankly, you guys (the media) don’t pay attention to all the ones that are spit out by the PMO at the end of the day anyway, so I don’t understand why we just can’t run through the order alphabetically the way it should be,” said Trost. “SO-31s should be the prerogative of the member. It’s just sort of bizarre why they just don’t live and let live,” Trost said.

Independent MP Bruce Hyer tells the Star he lost his speaking spot when he was set to announce his departure from the NDP caucus. After QP today, NDP House leader Nathan Cullen says the party works on a schedule that determines whose turn it is to give a statement and that the party doesn’t vet statements beforehand, except that the leadership sometimes “works with” whoever is delivering the last NDP slot (that statement is usually more partisan in tone).


The House of Commons gets its back up

  1. Someone should tell Brad Trost backbenchers can talk about whatever they like in their statements, as long as it’s about how the NDP want to inflict a job killing carbon tax on Canadians

    • Do you mean the same sort of ‘carbon tax’ that Stephen Harper hid in plain site a few years back? And then said that he didn’t?

  2. To muddle some metaphors: You puppies rode that pony into town and now you complain about the muzzles…

  3. “maybe if the members who are unhappy dressed up like pandas, the Prime Minister would pay them some attention … ”

    Thank you, Bob Rae, for that quotable quote.

    • I think it is atrocious that Fae-Rae stooped to an attack on an endangered species. The entire world owes Harper a tremendous debt; when he can into office the Chinese government was an evil hellhole (almost like PEI) that was trampling on human rights. Our PM set them straight with some pretty sharp language back in the day.

      Now that the Chinese government has completely reformed, Harper is demonstrating that there are no hard feelings by having Canada pay $26 million or so for these two fnkin animals (they will be trying to mate after all).

      Maybe one of these ungrateful backbenchers who was dragged to Ottawa on SH’s coattails should talk about that!

      • Wow! $26 million would run Katimavik for 2 years.
        But let’s face it: cuddly pandas are a whole lot more valuable to Canadians than whiny ass youngsters working in communities across this land, getting to know their country up front and personal.
        Also: Stephen Harper will never have to worry about pandas voting Liberal, NDP or Green. There’s no gray in the panda world; everything is black and white and folks with their heads on straight know that means a vote for reason, which is a vote for the Conservatives.

        • $26M could run the Experimental Lakes area until 2026. Or pay for about three months’ worth of Conservative Government propaganda.

        • Yes, but those pandas have no connection to Pierre Trudeau, whereas Katimavik was one of PET’s most effective programs. So now you see why Katimavik must die while the pandas can be allowed to live. Lord help those pandas if Harper finds out that their forebears (hah!) were recipients of Liberal largesse in the 70’s.

          • Yes, but would folks drum out 20 bucks to line up to get a look at those other hairy creatures that frequent the Katimavik offices.

  4. You know, I never actually hear about SO31’s that aren’t hyper-partisan drivel. Has this problem been created by a lack of media coverage? More specifically by a lack of decent communication between local media outlets and local MPs?

  5. Hypocrisy thy name is Rae ! – has anyone heard anything out of the mouth from one of the pro liers in his party? – think about it – Rae rants and isnults harper then runs around behind the scenes whipping his own MP’s as they don’t even dare to stand up and express their suppoprt for some form of debate on this file!

  6. Bob Rae’s caucus is either being muzzled when talking about abortion, or they’ve ejected every pro-lifer from the caucus. In fact, I recall some pro-life Liberals being quite vocal about it in the past.

    Meanwhile Thomas Mulcair won’t let his caucus even mention anything happening in Quebec provincial politics, even though over half of his caucus hails from that province.

    So every party is clearly guilty of muzzling it’s members. But I know, I know, it’s okay for everybody else, just not the CPC because when the CPC does something it’s automatically inherently evil.

    • I too am sick of people holding the Tories to a higher standard, and expecting them to act differently than the Liberals did when they were in office!