MP Comments On Lack Of DecorumApril 12, 2014 5:54am
Chatham-Kent-Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren doesn’t believe Canadians should worry too much about decorum, or the seeming lack of it, in the House of Commons.
Earlier this week, an exchange between the New Democrats and Conservatives almost got physical after MP Ed Fast was accused of making a shooting motion with his fingers at NDP MP Nikki Ashton. Cameras recorded the motion, but Fast denies the accusation.
The disruption came just as Van Kesteren was standing to give a statement, but he’s not too concerned. “It’s part of the theatrics that go on in the House,” he says. “For the most part, there’s good respect.”
Just for some perspective, confrontations in Canada’s Parliament have never come to blows, but many other legislative assemblies around the world can’t make that claim. On Tuesday, a brawl broke out in Ukraine’s new Parliament, and many times over the years cameras caught politicians in South Korea fist fighting.