06/06/2013 01:51 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Legislature referee calls timeout on misbehaving politicians

QUEBEC - There was a rare parliamentary event today in the Quebec legislature — where the Speaker called a timeout on misbehaving politicians.

The brouhaha began when an opposition member suggested Premier Pauline Marois was a liar, which prompted a minister to respond that the member was "raised badly."

Things got noisier from there.

Finally, the parliamentary referee intervened. Speaker Jacques Chagnon, an Opposition Liberal, halted question period for a few minutes.

When he came back, he scolded members and reminded them of the need for basic respect in the chamber.