Unfortunately, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay forgot the rule today, mocking NDP defence critic Dawn Black during her questioning on the Afghanistan mission. Sarcastically, MacKay said: "Mr. Speaker, I was having difficulty hearing the member as well. Maybe she could raise her voice in her next question."
Women MPs cried "shame." Even some folks on the Tory benches winced a little. It is, after all, 2006. Men are allowed to publicly mourn when their girlfriends break up with them (remember the potato patch?) and women are allowed to talk in a higher register than men.