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POLITICS – Liberal MLA berates Speaker for not allowing insults!

From comments by BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver on his website andrewweaver.ca after Question Period in the B.C. Legislature on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017:

In what can only be described as one of the most bizarre moments I’ve experienced since getting elected in 2013, today I witnessed Mike de Jong, the MLA for Abbotsford West, once more challenging the Speaker for ruling certain language unparliamentary.

In Question Period, Jas Johal (MLA for Richmond Queensborough) referred to the Minister of Transportation as the Minister of Consultation Paralysis. The Speaker asked him to rephrase this and Mr. de Jong apparently felt that the Speaker’s ruling was inappropriate.

My colleague Sonia Furstenau rose to support the Speaker’s ruling. Please view the video exchange below and determine who has the most compelling argument. I think it should be obvious.

What’s remarkable about this is that it’s the second time that the MLA for Abbotsford West has openly challenged the Speaker.

On October 25, after Peter Milobar, the MLA for Kamloops North Thompson referred to the Agriculture Minister (Lana Popham) as the Minister of Intimidation. The Speaker asked him to withdraw the insult. Mike de Jong rose to Peter Milobar’s defense (see video below).

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1 Comment on POLITICS – Liberal MLA berates Speaker for not allowing insults!

  1. So why doesn’t someone make motion to ‘adjust’ the parliamentarian language protocols to include language that was priorto unknown in the the Legislature at the time of the existing protocols creation. And perhaps a discussion whether or not the ‘renaming of a given ministries title’ to an intentional slur is considered appropriate for use in the house, or should be banned outright.

    In layman terms, we have words they didn’t have then, like twerk.
    Past MLA’s havent played with language like ‘Minister of Consultation Paralysis’ … or ‘Minister of Intimidation’

    … maybe it’s update time, or maybe the kindergarden needs a time out.

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