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.
Don’t make me tweet NDP MP Pat Martin’s story about his overly tight underwear. Please. #Hw
— kady o’malley (@kady) February 19, 2015
@kady Point of order Mr Speaker. Was the Hon MP wearing Boxers or Briefs? #UnderwearGate
— Kamran M (@_kamranm) February 19, 2015
Well, that was unexpected. #hoc #pointsoforder
— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) February 19, 2015
@RosieBarton so tired of wedgie politics.
— JJ (@jjkieff) February 19, 2015
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