Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Should heckling be banned in Parliament?

That was the subject of discussion this morning on Q. "The former Liberal MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Sheila Copps, argued that heckling, or hectoring, can't be eliminated, and probably shouldn't either." This was a surreal discussion by a grown, adult, middle-aged woman arguing for "name calling" and verbal bullying as an acceptable form of communication within the public federal parliamentary forum when its only other obvious and perceivable option is "picking up arms and bombing our neighbors."

I can already hear it now, "You @#$%!?! Don't worry son, saying that is much better than maiming, killing, amputating, bombing or shooting your opponent" (as Copps would refer to "the opposition"). Now that's worth fighting for.

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