‘I’m from Hamilton, if you attack me, you’re going to get attacked back’

With the public accounts committee’s F-35 study seemingly about to be halted, Liberal committee member Gerry Byrne and committee chair David Christopherson seem to be at odds. On Tuesday, Mr. Byrne used Question Period to query Mr. Christopherson (it’s a little known fact that committee chairs can be asked questions during QP). Mr. Christopherson seemed not to appreciate the gesture and is now lamenting for Mr. Byrne’s behaviour.

“Mr. Byrne has chosen that because he can’t get the rulings he wants, that he is going to hold whatever tantrums are necessary to convince the world that he’s right and the rest of the world is wrong,” Mr. Christopherson told reporters after the in-camera meeting. “And on this matter, in my opinion, Mr. Byrne has been a dishonourable crybaby and because he doesn’t have enough talent to come up with procedures that will let him win, he starts to argue the rules are unfair,” Mr. Christopherson said.

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