'Props' to NDP member of Parliament Nathan Cullen for attempting to bring some civility into the House of Commons with a motion, introduced on Tuesday, that would punish misbehaving MPs.
Unfortunately, Cullen's proposal, dubbed the Civility Project, is not going to work.
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As explained by CBC News, Cullen wants to give the Speaker of the House the power to suspend, fine or reprimand MPs for using 'harassment, threats, personal attacks, or extreme misrepresentation of facts'" during Question Period.
First of all, I'm a little confused as to how one would distinguish between an 'extreme' misrepresentation of facts from a 'minor' misrepresentation of facts?
Secondly, as former MP Dan McTeague points out, there are some serious logistical issues here.
"The Speaker has to be able to hear/see these things in order for it to be effective," he told Yahoo! Canada News. "Otherwise accusations of breaking the proposed codeRead More »from Three alternatives to Nathan Cullen’s ‘Civility Project’ for Parliament