Too much manufactured indignation in the House of Commons

Ted Hsu
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Manufactured indignation takes away from the authenticity and honest clash of ideas and arguments that should be the purpose of debate in Parliament.

Here is the worst example I’ve personally witnessed of how certain MPs are all too ready to score a political point by manufactured indignation: NDP MP Jinny Sims who, out of the blue (and I was sitting right in the chamber behind JohnMcCallum) accuses him of calling her a “young woman”.

 

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, we know that NDP members are frightened of the Liberals, which is why they try to blame Liberals for every conceivable bad situation that might occur.

May I remind the hon. member that, yes, the Liberals—

The Acting Speaker Barry Devolin

The hon. member for Newton—North Delta is rising on a point of privilege.

Jinny Sims Newton—North Delta, BC

Mr. Speaker, we are in Parliament, and this is a parliamentary debate. I am not here to be called a young woman in this room. I am here as a parliamentarian, thanks very much.

The Acting Speaker Barry Devolin

I must admit I did not hear the exact wording. I go back to the hon. member for Markham—Unionville to reference and continue with his answer.

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, you can check the record, or someone can check the record. I never used that term.

However, my point is that the NDP loves to blame the Liberals for everything.

Opposition motion—Temporary Foreign Workers
Business of Supply
Government Orders

10:25 a.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, we know that NDP members are frightened of the Liberals, which is why they try to blame Liberals for every conceivable bad situation that might occur.

May I remind the hon. member that, yes, the Liberals—

Opposition motion—Temporary Foreign Workers
Business of Supply
Government Orders

10:25 a.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Barry Devolin

The hon. member for Newton—North Delta is rising on a point of privilege.

Opposition motion—Temporary Foreign Workers
Business of Supply
Government Orders

May 6th, 2014 / 10:25 a.m.

NDP

Jinny Sims Newton—North Delta, BC

Mr. Speaker, we are in Parliament, and this is a parliamentary debate. I am not here to be called a young woman in this room. I am here as a parliamentarian, thanks very much.

Opposition motion—Temporary Foreign Workers
Business of Supply
Government Orders

10:25 a.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Barry Devolin

I must admit I did not hear the exact wording. I go back to the hon. member for Markham—Unionville to reference and continue with his answer.

Opposition motion—Temporary Foreign Workers
Business of Supply
Government Orders

10:25 a.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, you can check the record, or someone can check the record. I never used that term.

However, my point is that the NDP loves to blame the Liberals for everything.