Let the jokes begin! Lawmaker shares TMI with colleagues about his too tight undies

Canadian lawmaker Pat Martin was forced to explain his absence from his seat in the House of Commons on Thursday after he walked out briefly during a procedural vote.

He gets points for creativity.

“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.

“I apologize if it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote.”

Martin told CBC News Network’s “Power & Politics” that he was glad the vote was allowed to stand:

“Some Conservative MP got his knickers in a knot, I think, about the fact that I stepped away from my chair for a couple of seconds, and so, you know, I believe that his point of order was tongue in cheek and it warranted a cheeky response,” Martin told host Evan Solomon, while admitting that a sale of 50 per cent off is like “catnip to a Winnipegger.”

“But … that’s not why I left my seat in the House of Commons, I left to go and have a chat with the Speaker and I think Mr. Galipeau overreacted heavily by saying I should forfeit my vote for having the temerity to ask the Speaker a question during a vote,” Martin said.

“It was a cheeky answer to what I thought was a cheeky question,” Marin said. “But it begs the question, I mean, a lot of the grumpiness in the House of Commons might be traced to the fact that MPs are buying one size too small in their knickers.”

“Let’s face it, I was caught with my pants down for stepping away from my seat briefly,” Martin said.

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