You think American politics are entertaining; Canadian Parliament argues over the word ‘fart’

While members of Congress butt heads over the use of enhanced interrogation, the Iran nuclear deal and the wisdom of raising the national debt, our neighbors to the north have more pressing concerns:

The propriety of using the word “fart” in parliamentary debate.

During her heated speech to Parliament, conservative member Michelle Rempel accused the government of treating her constituents in Alberta like something distasteful but that they didn’t wish to address.

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“Why isn’t the government talking about how to retain skilled labor?” she asked. “Why isn’t the Infrastructure Minister talking about how to implement infrastructure funds and get construction workers back to work in Alberta?”

And then she hit the chamber with the term that liberals found distasteful.

“Why does this government treat Alberta like a fart in the room that nobody wants to talk about or acknowledge?”

Shortly after that liberal Green Party member Elizabeth May interrupted the proceedings to call for a point of order.

“I heard her say a word I know is distinctly unparliamentary, and I think she may want to withdraw it,” May said, but felt she couldn’t repeat it — so she spelled it.

“The word was F-A-R-T.”

“Is my colleague actually serious?” Rempel asked in disbelief. “I just gave an impassioned speech about supporting Alberta jobs, and that’s what the leader of a political party stands up and has to say? No, I don’t withdraw it!”

Good for her. It’s the same the world over. When conservatives talk common sense, liberals’ response is deflect, deflect, deflect.

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