Commons courtesy: Give Greens some oxygen

Publication Source: The Halifax Chronicle-Herald
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Author: Editorial

How else to explain the disgraceful episode last week during which Elizabeth May was denied the privilege to speak, ironically on the subject of free speech?

Picture the scene. Members of other parties had just wrapped up their tributes to playwright Vaclav Havel, the late Czech dissident-turned-president. Ms. May tried to take her turn. As the sole Green MP, she does not benefit from official party status and needs the unanimous consent of the House to proceed. But instantaneous objections arose from the Conservative benches, so Ms. May was forced to sit down, literally speechless.

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