Jim Hillyer: Pat Martin's Speech On Robocalls And Second World War Veteran Elicits Eye Roll From Tory MP (VIDEO)
Jim Hillyer has been caught on camera behaving badly — again.
The Tory MP for Lethbridge, Alberta was taped rolling his eyes dramatically on Thursday while NDP MP Pat Martin made a speech about a misleading phone call received by 83-year-old Florence Grottenberg of Calgary on the day of the 2011 federal election.
"The day before the election, the Conservative campaign called her and asked for her vote. She said, 'No, I don't support the Conservative Party.' On election day she got the phony phone call that said her voting station had moved 20 blocks away to a school in south Calgary. 'How strange,' she writes, since she voted at the real polling station which was in the lobby of her apartment building," Martin said.
After a response from the the Prime Minster's Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro, Martin continued, bringing up Grottenberg's brother who was killed during the Second World War. "Florence Grottenberg's brother laid down his life in World War II to make the world safe for democracy, and it makes me sick that some Conservative fraudster with a speed dialer has tried to cheat her out of her most democratic freedom and right, which is to cast her ballot free of interference in a general election." You can read the complete exchange here.
While Martin talks about the veteran, Hillyer can be seen visibly expressing his displeasure.
It's not the first time Hillyer has been caught behaving badly on film.
Last year, he made headlines after celebrating a vote to scrap the gun registry with a finger guns gesture. Hillyer later said he apologized for offending anyone, but that the YouTube poster was to blame for releasing the video on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
Hillyer is far from the only MP caught on camera over the past year. Tory MP Rob Anders was caught sleeping in the House, for which he later blamed a car accident. On Thursday, Anders made headlines again after reportedly falling asleep during a Veterans Affairs committee meeting. Anders has denied the nap.
Tory MPs aren't alone when it comes to YouTube gaffes. NDP MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain was caught combing his hair and sleeping in the House in February. He later made light of the situation, combing his hair in an exaggerated manner before making a speech on Aboriginal education, a move which drew criticism from Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett.
NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan was caught on tape in February saying that Canada has a population of 9 million people. She corrected herself soon after, arguing that she had meant the number of voters in the 2011 election. Canadians cast approximately 14.8 million ballots during the vote.
It goes on and on. Many of the recent gaffes were caught by YouTube user SleepyRobAnders, who has been compiling clips of MPs since Anders' initial nap. You can see a collection of his videos and other clips of politicians behaving badly below.
Let's hope he keeps up the good, and hilarious, work.
Rob Anders (Conservative MP) falls asleep in Parliament
Rob Anders, the same MP who called Nelson Mandela a "terrorist," falls asleep in the House of Commons (From Question Period on November 17, 2011)
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NDP MP does his hair, appears to fall asleep in Parliament
NDP MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan) does his hair and then appears to fall in asleep in the House of Commons on February 6th, 2012. Follow me on twitter: @sleepyrobanders - www.twitter.com
NDP MP does his hair in Parliament again
From February 16th 2012 - only a couple of days after being mocked nationally for having fallen asleep in the House of Commons, NDP MP Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Manicouagan) makes a joke out of a serious motion on First Nations education by primming his hair before speaking. Follow me on twitter: @sleepyrobanders - www.twitter.com
Conservative MP Jim Hillyer celebrates vote against the gun registry with gunshot gestures
Conservative MP Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge) celebrates vote against the gun registry with gunshot gestures.
Conservative Jim Hillyer "apologizes" for air gun gesture
Vic Toews vs. Vic Toews
NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan thinks Canada has only 9 million people
Sleeping in the House of Lords
House of Lords