Dr. Heckled and Mr. Hydes
Heckling is pretty much par for the parliamentary course in Canada. But many of us have noticed that women MPs -- who make up a fraction of our elected representatives -- tend to get heckled louder and longer than do the male MPs.
Yesterday, when Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, who happens to be a doctor, tried to press the Conservative government, which stands accused of fumbling the H1N1 file, on the concerns of pregnant women, she was laughed at and shouted down by the Harpies.
Watch this video, uploaded by the Liberals:
And I always thought the Conservatives LOVED pregnant women -- or at least their ''unborn victim persons.''
UPPITY SISTER DATE: Susan has Layton's statement.
During question period we have been witnessing undeniably sexist heckling from members of the government side. This abuse is growing hotter, it is growing more frequent and there is more bullying. I can hear some of it now, except in this case it is not targeting women as it all too often does in this chamber. It targets women representing opposition parties, all the opposition parties in the House.
As a parliamentarian, as a man, a father, a grandfather, I call on the government's leadership to really get a grip on its members and set a higher standard.