Point of Order: I cannot hear the Prime Minister’s answers

Elizabeth May

Mr. Speaker, you may have noticed in question period that occasionally I attempted to gesture to you. I would like to explain.

The Standing Orders make it clear that we are not supposed to heckle in this place. It would be a fool’s mission to try to get the volume down all the time. However, I do not recall the disrespect toward the Prime Minister and the front benches in the 41st Parliament that I am seeing in the 42nd Parliament. When I cannot hear the Prime Minister’s answers, even with my earpiece in, I would ask the hon. members on the opposition benches to at least show the courtesy of not heckling so loudly that other members cannot hear the answers.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Geoff Regan – Speaker of the House of Commons


I thank the hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for her intervention. I regret that some members felt it necessary to make the point she was making by heckling while she was making her intervention, which is regrettable.

The hon. member for Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères on a point of order.