Raising a Point of Order on the continued Issue of heckling in the House

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

Mr. Speaker, one might think that the hon. member for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas and I had a simultaneous sense of a point of order. I ask for your indulgence for just a moment.

It has been six years since those of us elected on May 2, 2011, have served. I recall distinctly the opening of the 41st Parliament, in which most parties in this place took a pledge never to heckle. The initiative was led by the late Jack Layton on behalf of the New Democrats. Stephen Harper endorsed it, and for comic relief, my entire caucus pledged never to heckle. Since that time, the disappointed group in this corner, led by interim leader Bob Rae, said that they were not so sure, that they might need to heckle.

At this point I need to turn for reference to a quote from the great A.A. Milne in the poem of good bears and bad bears: “And then quite suddenly (just like Us) One got Better and the other got Wuss”.

The NDP members, over the last few weeks, have hardly been heckling at all. The Liberals have hardly heckled at all. However, it seems the Conservatives feel there is a void and they must fill it with more noise than I have ever heard in this place. I urge them, as individuals and collectively, to please honour Standing Order 16 and 18 and find a way to tone down the violence—

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

The Speaker Geoff Regan

Order. These are points of order and they address matters addressed in the Standing Orders.

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  • CM Justice

    Thank you for your commitment to courtesy

  • Linda V. Lewis

    Thank you Elizabeth! Heckling should have NO place in Parliament. Shame on the Conservatives! What happened to dignity, self-restraint, listening skills, and remembering that everyone in Parliament represents everyone in Canada first, before partisanship.

  • rodney maennling

    My friend, a new Canadian, visited the House in session recently. Afterwards he said he was disgusted with the childish and wasteful behaviour of members. Our taxes pay for this insulting heckling. No wonder members during question period don’t bother with intelligent responses.

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