03/15/2012 11:09 EDT | Updated 05/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Benjamin Netanyahu: Ottawa Visit From Israeli PM May Have Breached MPs Parliamentary Privilege, Says Speaker Andrew Scheer


OTTAWA - The Speaker of the House of Commons says tight security during the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have breached the privileges of MPs.

Andrew Scheer has ruled that an initial examination of the facts suggests there might be legitimate concerns about how the movements of MPs were hampered on Parliament Hill on March 2.

Some MPs said at the time that police prevented them from moving freely around the parliamentary precinct.

Netanyahu's visit featured exceptionally tight security, including a double row of steel fencing around the Parliament Buildings.

The question of privilege first brought by NDP MP Pat Martin will now be studied by a Commons committee, before possibly returning to the House for a further vote.

Martin has called for a tenant revolt on Parliament Hill, arguing that MPs have ceded too much control to outside bodies, including government departments.

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