Friday, May 20, 2016
Give Justin a Break!
However, after watching it on TV and reading about it in the paper, I think this little kafuffle in the House of Commons the other day has been blown all out of proportion! I say let's give Justin a break, put this whole thing to rest and get on with the more serious problems which face Canada.
It was quite clear that young Justin was very frustrated with how the Opposition was stalling on the business of the House. Many opposition members appeared to be refusing to return to their desks so a vote could proceed.
The Prime Minister crossed the floor in anger (not a good move) and physically confronted the Opposition Members (another bad move). Some physical pushing, shoving and bad language resulted. There were no physical injuries as far as I could see.
Parliament is something like the game of volleyball. Things get batted back and forth over the net (or in the case of Parliament-over the Hansard Table and Mace). There is to be no physical contact! The ref controls the volleyball game and the Speaker of The House controls Parliament.
In this case were the actions of the Prime Minister un-parliamentary? Yes, they were, but so were the actions of several members of the Opposition!
Let's stop wasting time, effort and money running around this one and get on with running the country! I think it would very difficult to explain to a fire evacuee from Fort McMurray why this silliness in the House of Commons would be more important than their plight!