There are many reasons an MP might miss a vote in the House of Commons. Pat Martin's is pretty air-tight.
The NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre stood up in the House Thursday to apologize after he voted on a procedural motion, then left his seat while the vote was being counted, according to CBC News.
After Conservative MP Royal Galipeau asked the deputy Speaker whether Martin's vote should still count, the outspoken New Democrat offered an explanation.
"I can blame it on a sale that was down at the Hudson's Bay [Company] — they had men's underwear on for half price. I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me and I find it difficult to sit for any length of time," Martin said.
While his colleagues dissolved into laughter, Martin went on.
"I apologize if it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote."
But Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin's response may have been even better.
"I had no briefing on this type of motion," he said. He then began to smile.
"Let me try to deal with it with at least some seriousness."
Comartin eventually decided to let Martin's vote count, since he was in his seat both when the motion was read and when he voted.
Many took to Twitter to poke fun at what some dubbed #underweargate.
MP Pat Martin says tight underwear made him leave his seat during vote. Oh, Pat! Never get your knickers in a twist over politics. #cdnpoli— Mark Critch (@markcritch) February 19, 2015
NDP MP Pat Martin says tight underwear is to blame for leaving his seat during a procedural vote #ThingsIDidNotWanttoKnow— Mercedes Stephenson (@CTVMercedes) February 19, 2015
I think we all learned a little something about democracy today. And Pat Martin's shopping habits.— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) February 19, 2015
I think this Pat Martin underwear imbroglio could provide an opportunity for @Armstrong_MP to promote a fine NS product: Stanfields.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) February 19, 2015
Sympathize with Pat Martin and his underwear dilemma. As he's of solid Scottish stock, and a regular kilt wearer, the solution is obvious.— John Ivison (@IvisonJ) February 19, 2015
NDP MP Pat Martin got his knickers in a knot? Literally? #cdnpoli— jimbobbysez (@jimbobbysez) February 19, 2015
is this what Pat Martin meant? #cdnpoli— Ian McCausland (@ianmcc) February 19, 2015
Got to love Pat Martin. Even his underwear knows how to grab headlines. Tight underwear led him to leave seat http://t.co/yYC3Xf48JW— Ha-Shilth-Sa (@HaShilthSa) February 19, 2015
Pat Martin a victim of wedgie politics? #cdnpoli— jimbobbysez (@jimbobbysez) February 19, 2015
NDP MP Pat Martin's underwear voted against panty lines http://t.co/Bq3jox5u4k— Will LeRoy (@LeroyInk) February 19, 2015
Pat Martin is the MP for Costanza— Romeo St. Martin (@romeoinottawa) February 19, 2015
We just want to know whether he got a refund.
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