Tuesday, December 01, 2009

What Can't You Do in the House of Commons?

Almost anything goes in Ontario's House of Commons and debates can be rather lively. However, tradition (and House rules) state that you cannot accuse someone of lying. Here's what happens if you break that rule.

Ted Chudleigh is the Conservative MPP for Halton—a district that includes Oakville and Milton. He's ranting about a proposal to harmonize the GST and PST taxes.

Jennifer Smith lives in Milton and she's on the case. A little digging led her to this quotation from a speech by Ted Chudleigh in the House of Commons only 14 months ago [Ted Chudleigh on the HST: What a Difference a Year Makes].
Taxing businesses for their input costs is also a negative thing to do in an economy. It would be far better if we could find a way to harmonize the PST with the GST." (October 2, 2008 - Legislative Assembly Hansard)
Oh, dear. Is it possible that Mr. Chudleigh is a liar? Or is he just a hypocrite?


  1. Ontario's House of Commons

    Please - Ontario's Legislative Assembly.

  2. Wait, let me get this straight, see if I understand.

    The MPP for Halton broke a rule of debate, was called on it, refused twice to take back his remarks, and was kicked out of the chambers for it, and he's using video of that in a pro-Chudleigh campaign message?!?

  3. Oh dear. I wonder how many blogs would go off air if "they" applied the same rule to the Internet. Whatever, Sandwalk has got no worries on that score.

  4. I think Mr. Chudleigh is trying to paint himself as some sort of a maverick. He's better watch it, though - that whole 'mavericky' thing didn't work out so well for Garth Turner.

    BTW, Chudleigh also called Smitherman a liar a few months ago and got booted for that one, too. And posted the video.