A Bloc MP was scolded during question period on Monday after saying he doesnât want to be fed âmore government bullshitâ over the governmentâs funding package to help Quebec cheese-makers.
âOttawa obviously doesnât care about Quebecâs specialty cheeses. Big cheddar producers are as eligible for compensation as fine speciality cheese producers,â said Mirabel MP Simon Marcil.
âWill the minister improve the aid package to help cheese producers or is it just going to be more government bullshit?â Marcil asked in reference to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.
âOttawa obviously doesnât care about Quebecâs specialty cheeses.â
House Speaker Geoff Regan called on Marcil to withdraw his comment, and threatened to bar the Bloc MP from speaking âfor some time.â
Later, Bloc QuĂ©bĂ©cois Luc ThĂ©riault rose on a point of order to asked the Speaker if he made note of Marcilâs withdrawn âbullshitâ comment. Regan replied, âno.â
House Speaker Geoff Regan responds to Simon Marcilâs use of unparliamentary language. (Photo: Parlvu)
âBecause when I asked him to withdraw that remark he shook his head. If he does with to withdraw his remarks, I will give him the floor, give him the opportunity to do so,â he said.
Marcil stood and said: âNow that everyone knows what I think, I withdraw my remark.â An unimpressed Speaker listened.
âThat is not the ideal way of retract,â Regan said.
Watch Reganâs reaction here:
Earlier this month, Ottawa announced it will provide $250 million in funding to help upgrade dairy producersâ equipment and also $100 million to help cheese-markers modernize their operations.
Quebecâs premier scoffed at the promise, and demanded the federal government sweeten its compensation package to the provinceâs dairy producers â whose businesses are expected to be affected by the Canada-EU free trade agreement.
âBullshitâ banned since the â70s
Last week, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel caused a stink in the House after she likened Ottawaâs treatment of Alberta to âa fart in the room that nobody wants to talk or acknowledge.â
Rempel refused to withdraw her comment after Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called her word choice âdistinctly unparliamentary.â
The word âbullshitâ was added to the list of words and phrases deemed unparliamentary in 1973.
With files from Althia Raj