May 18, 2016 – Question Period – Respect for Parliament

May 18, 2016 – Question Period – Respect for Parliament


Mr. Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, CPC):
The Prime Minister was a little embarrassed on Monday, because 25% of his caucus was caught
taking the day off. He promised to make Parliament more independent
by empowering individual MPs and opposition parties. Now his pride has got the best of
him, and he is planning on suppressing every rule that he does not like. Everything the
Prime Minister ever said about respecting Parliament was obviously a sham. This is simply
a vindictive act of spiteful retribution by suppressing the rules of our House of Commons.
Is the Prime Minister not showing a clear disdain for Parliament and contradicting everything
he said during the campaign? Dominic LeBlanc (Leader of the Government
in the House of Commons, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, my friend across the aisle knows very well
that what we are seeking to do, in fact, is to allow more members of Parliament to speak
to ensure that important government legislation can have a full and complete debate in this
House. That is why we were disappointed when, yesterday, I proposed exactly the same wording
that my friend in front had proposed to extend the hours of debate on government legislation.
What a surprise when it was turned down. Mr. Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle,
CPC): Mr. Speaker, during the campaign the Prime Minister said he wanted Parliament to
hold the government to account. Well, we did, and his response is nothing short of tyrannical.
Now that the opposition has become an inconvenience to the Prime Minister, he has lost his temper.
This is not about giving members of Parliament more time to debate. This is about taking
away the tools that exist for the opposition to hold the government to account. If this
is how the Prime Minister reacts to when the House of Commons holds him to account, how
can we trust him to manage the changes to the democratic electoral system this summer?
Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.): Mr. Speaker,
again, it is a bit ironic that a Conservative member would talk about government being accountable
to Parliament. One of the tools that my friend may be upset, that we will temporarily suspend,
would be his ability to get up in the middle of the day and try and adjourn the House of
Commons. We are here to work, and in no other workplace…

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