During QP, Carolyn Bennett accused the Health Minister of playing Angry Birds on her iPad rather than taking questions on tainted beef. The Liberal MP asked a question about food safety. Here’s how it all went down:
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Carolyn Bennett: “Mr. Speaker, E. coli has been in the food chain for over a month, but question period after question period the Minister of Health sits in her chair playing on her iPad. I have been asked if the minister has been playing Angry Birds, and to let her know that Canadians are angrier than Angry Birds. That she has refused to tell worried Canadians the facts about this ongoing public— …”
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Bennett eventually got to ask her question: “Mr. Speaker, will the minister call a televised press conference and allow the Public Health Agency of Canada to speak directly to Canadians?”
In response, Ritz stood and replied: “I do not know where the member has been for the last three or four weeks. We have been doing exactly that.
“There have been televised, technical briefings. The media has been invited. We actually tried to put one together for the opposition members, and instead of taking advantage of that, they decided to have a silly emergency debate that went nowhere.”
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After QP, Ritz apologized for his choice of his words.