I have little use for the petit dauphine. He apparently has his father's potty mouth and very little of his father's brain. This fool is a potential grit leader? The grits really are finished.
I have of late lost all my mirth when it comes to Canadian politics. Question Period, in particular, has been as much fun as watching a potato bake. But it’s the end of term and Justin Trudeau’s “shiddle-diddle” outburst reminded everyone why we still watch the daily tragi-comic farce on the Hill.
Like fighting in hockey, hearing politicians swear in public almost makes it worth sitting through all those boring questions about Kyoto and F35 fighter jets, with nary an answer at the end of them.
The last QP of the year was proceeding along in typically mundane fashion when Peter Kent, the Environment Minister, denigrated his NDP critic, Megan Leslie, for not attending the Durban conference on climate change. This inflamed the excitable Mr. Trudeau, since the government decided not to accredit any opposition members, making it hard for them to attend. He leapt to his feet, shouted out: “You piece of sh–” and stared down the Conservative benches.
Andrew Scheer, the new Speaker who is developing a reputation for cherubic grace under pressure, moved to the next question but it was clear that the Young Pretender wasn’t going to get off as easily as his father, who famously claimed he mouthed “fuddle duddle” back in 1971.
Prime minister Pierre Trudeau once famously caused outrage in 1971 after MPs accused him of mouthing “f— off” in the Commons. He denied swearing, claiming he uttered “fuddle duddle” instead.
That set the tone for the rest of the day. Some MPs were naughty and some were nice. Ryan Cleary, the NDP MP from St. John’s, nearly found himself being struck off the Speaker’s list when he called Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield a “bully.” Mr. Scheer deemed it unparliamentary language and quietly reminded Mr. Cleary that he might have trouble being recognized by the chair if he didn’t apologize.
A more seasoned MP would have asked: “What if I only think he’s a bully?” The Speaker would have been forced to concede he couldn’t do anything about that and Mr. Cleary would have been free to say he thinks Mr. Ashfield is a bully. Simple.