New Speaker sets early tone of civility on the Hill

Interrupts Tory MP for calling opposition member a “fool”

Canada’s youngest-ever Speaker in the House of Commons is reportedly making sure MPs follow through on their promise to make Parliament more civil this time around. Andrew Scheer cut off a member of the Conservative caucus Tuesday when he referred to opposition New Democrat Pat Martin as a “fool.” Martin responded by saying that he thinks “the new Speaker just passed his first test.” Scheer’s prompt action occurred during the second question period of the new parliamentary session. Members from all parties in the House of Commons have pledged to uphold political decorum and civility in Parliament.

Winnipeg Free Press

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