QP Live: Welcome to the spotlight, Brad Butt!

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The House of Commons is preoccupied with how to handle MP Brad Butt’s apparent attempt to mislead the House of Commons. Butt, who represents a riding in Mississauga, Ont., told the House during a Feb. 6 debate about the government’s electoral reform bill, that he’d personally witnessed voter fraud. Later, he corrected the record and said he’d witnessed no such fraud. Yesterday, Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled that Butt probably breached parliamentary privilege, but he’d leave it to parliamentarians to decide.

The NDP has attacked the government’s proposed electoral reform for weeks, and they’re calling dirty pool on Butt. This will surely bleed into Question Period, where the NDP will look to squeeze the controversy for all it’s worth.

Perhaps noteworthy questions that will go either unasked or mostly shoved to the end of the daily 45-minutes hate: the government’s relative silence in the case of Mohamed Fahmy, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist held in Cairo on terrorism-related charges; the apparently miniscule corporate taxes paid by large Canadian corporations; and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s insistence that, trust him, the government is acting on clogged railways largely suffocating grain shipments to market.

Who to watch

Pierre Poilievre on electoral reform, likely, though the real target could be MP Brad Butt.

In the news

Senate security is looking into information leaks to reporters related to ongoing Senate expense audits. Tony Clement plays more hardball with federal unions.

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QP Live: Welcome to the spotlight, Brad Butt!

  1. understatement of the year…

    Speaker Andrew Scheer says Conservative MP Brad Butt “may have misled Parliament”
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    unfortunately (for Canadians), we’ll have to wait until October 19, 2015 for the appropriate remedy.

  2. Is the speaker not capable of making a judgement? It’s time for the speaker to be replaced by someone who can make tough calls and forget his party affiliation. Make the call speaker, Butt lied and misled the parliament, kick him to the curb for a while. Is this the first time Butt has lied or de we really know, if he’s done it once he’s probably done it before and will do it again.

    • What? A Con puppet who’s “not up to the job”?. Never. Couldn’t happen.

      • Everybody is a “Con puppet” in your perverted world view, aren’t they?

        • Of course not. That’s absurd. For example, I’m not but you are. Thanks for asking.

          • Nailed it!

        • What are your views on the Brad Butt situation? Don’t you find it alarming that he can deliberately lie to Parliament and then get a pass on it? What if he were part of a Liberal government and did the same thing? Doesn’t the precedent bother you? Is the shit sandwich ok as long as it’s blue?

  3. “The study of the psychopath reveals an individual who is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions. They are generally cunning, manipulative and know the difference between right and wrong but dismiss it as applying to them.

    They are incapable of normal emotions such as love, generally react without considering the consequences of their actions and show extreme egocentric and narcissistic behavior.”
    Sound familiar? Like the whole ReformaCon gang??

      • Are you saying “meet the new boss, same as the old boss?”
        So much for the “new style of ethical government” we were promised?
        Does the blue shit sandwich taste better than the red one?

        • With the blue we found out what a shit sandwich really is.

      • Remember when the CPC told us to “Demand Better?” Those were good times.

    • btw… That comment got a “content disabled” on the CBC comment page. The PMO is really is taking over there. You have to be sooooo careful when critical of Dear Leader in your comments now.

    • Hey. I am a functioning sociopath, with no political leanings, but a love of pointing out hypocrisy. Don’t be bad-mouthing us sociopaths. Chix dig ‘em.
      Insanity has no politics. Money does not either.

  4. The closure was meant to silence the house it now moves to committee.

    • Okay enough with the rational stuff the trained seals should hang their heads in shame for passing this.

      • What the …. that was it there is no committee the Con’s squashed it outright WHAT THE ….!

        Ok that’s it you lying sacks of …. it’s on I’ve been going easy keeping it at the Nazi level now we move it up to the BUSH league level chumps.

  5. He lied then or he is lying now. Either way, he is just another of Harper’s lying puppets.

    What if he was telling the truth when he said he saw cards being stolen and used fraudulently? What if the people stealing and using them were conservatives? Wouldn’t that explain why he didn’t report it at the time and why he had to back track once Elections Canada started asking questions?

    This party is full of rotten to the core sociopaths who have no shame and don’t care, even when they are caught in a bold faced lie. They are incorrigible and deserving of incarceration.

  6. It’s odd that the speaker has no problems sanctioning those who call liars liars, but poops the bed when it comes to dealing with those liars.
    How can you actually see something and “misspeak” about it? Next there’ll be claims that he was taken out of context. That isn’t an error, that’s a lie and any Conservative who votes to give him a pass on this is condoning lieing and anyone who votes for those MPs again is doing likewise.

  7. Arthur Hamilton probably phoned the PMO and said he better retract in the HoC. If he doesn’t, Maynard over at Elections Canada, who is in a foul mood over the Fair Elections Act, will be investigating.

  8. Scheer, the shitty shill shpeaker!

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