Parliament: Raising a point of order on the issue of heckling in the House of Commons

On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 in Parliament, Points of Order
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Elizabeth May

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. As we know, we are debating in this place changing the Standing Orders, but I would like to refer, for my point of order, to our existing rules, Standing Orders 16(2) and 18. The combined effect of these two Standing Orders is that interrupting members or speaking disrespectfully of them violates the rules of this place.

The Speaker – Geoff Regan

I thank the hon. member for raising this point of order and referring to Standing Orders. I remind members that those are the rules. The member is quite correct that those are the Standing Orders and I ask members on all sides to abide by them. Members will know that I, in fact, have called upon members from at least two sides today to restrain themselves, but I would like if everyone did it all the time.

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  • Terry Neraasen

    Good point Elizabeth. Too bad there are not enough real adults in that place for it to have the desired effect.

  • D Jackson

    Hear, Hear Elizabeth..which is difficult to do when bullies are shouting and heckling in the House of commons.

    This issue can be examined in detail here -
    http://www.revparl.ca/english/issue.asp?param=205&art=1447

    Personally I find the practice puerile, counterproductive and very revealing as to the true character and nature of the offenders.

    I have never seen Elizabeth throw her hands up in frustration and would like to offer my support and appreciation for her voice of reason and eloquence. Continue your efforts and good work in the House Of Commons Elizabeth, we hear you.

  • karin

    Thank you. The disrespect in our government chamber is embarrassing.

  • BobA

    Thanks for this.

  • Granger Evans

    It’s time some of the hecklers were sent out of the chambers of they are warned and persist in heckling

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