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Canadian Political Quotes (June 24)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on June 30, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

Big Byte

Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NDP):

The Howard government took on workers in its country very successfully at the start. It was very successful at the start. This is a word of caution to the Conservative government. The Howard government was very successful at taking little bites at the rights of workers. Then, toward the end of its time, it took too big a bite.

Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough):

Was it a megabyte?

Mr. Dennis Bevington:

It was a bigger bite than he could chew.


Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay):

Mr. Speaker, I see my colleagues over there are probably tired and grumpy after staying up all night. I think they are starting to be a little delusional. I think they just need to calm down and engage in some respectful debate and stop interrupting. It was a very interesting speech, and I find that what I am hearing from across the way is starting to sound rather delusional. I would say, have a little cup of Ovaltine and everything will be fine.


Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I would like my colleague’s views on whether or not the Prime Minister knows the phone number of Deepak Chopra, because he hand-picked him and parachuted him into that position in January 2011. Could he not pick up the phone again and tell Deepak Chopra to lift the lockout, let the workers go back to work and the mail will flow?

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Winnipeg Centre has me at a disadvantage. I am not in a position to speak to what is in the Prime Minister’s rolodex.


Mrs. Carol Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I love your haircut.


Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore):

Mr. Speaker, if I had a baseball bat I would knock that one out of the park.

Again with the Ovaltine…

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay):

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I am sitting quite close to the member for Windsor West, but I am having a hard time hearing him. My colleague from Markham—Unionville seems to be a little agitated. I do not know if he needs Ovaltine or something to calm him down. I would like to ask him to just calm down so I can actually hear the debate.


Hon. Denis Coderre (Bourassa):

Madam Chair, what is the definition of “relevant”? Are we going to keep going on and on and talk about everything or are we going to talk about clause 8 and the arbitrator? If they do not like themselves, let them sort that out in therapy, but we would like to know what clause 8 is.


Canadian Political Quotes (Week of June 19-25)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on June 25, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

June 22, 2011


Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, there is nothing more insulting to the debate of this House than to have a minister who is promoted after a scandal breaks. Not just promoted but promoted to the Treasury board, and who sits there day after day after day, hiding under his desk like Mini-Me. That is insulting to the people–

Which came first?

Mr. Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I feel that any talk from a socialist party about supporting business is just not believable. Saying that we love small businesses but hate large corporations is a little bit like saying that we love eggs but we do not like chickens.

Hide and seek

Mr. James Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, during question period the member for Timmins—James Bay repeatedly made reference to the absence of a member from the chamber. The member is not new in the House and he would know that violates the Standing Orders of the House. I would ask the Speaker ensure he does not continue to do this in the future.

The Speaker:

I thank the hon. member for raising that. I will take a look at the blues and see what exactly was said.

Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie—Bathurst, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order, I do not recall that he said he was not present. He said that he was hiding under his seat.

June 23, 2011


Mr. Jeff Watson (Essex, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. You may want to check on this and rule on it, but I am not sure that “SOB” is appropriate parliamentary language, whether it is being said directly or being attributed indirectly.

All wet

Mr. John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. My Loyalist ancestors are rolling over in their graves. This afternoon, in question period, I incorrectly referred to the Queen as “Her Royal Highness” when every schoolboy should know it is “Her Majesty”. I want to correct the record before heading home, so my loyal constituents do not toss me into Passamaquoddy Bay. God save the Queen.