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Bad behaviour is nothing new to the House of Commons. Here are some examples

Peter Kent responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 3, 2013. Kent was involved in an incident in the House of Commons in Dec., 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
May 19, 2016 - 1:06 PM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't the first member of Parliament to be at the centre of a House of Commons commotion — nor the first prime minister, nor even the first person named Trudeau.

Here are some of the more notable examples of unparliamentary behaviour.


December 2012: Conservative Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair got into a shouting match, and went "nose to nose" in the words of one MP, after a heated vote in the House of Commons. The Tories accused Mulcair of yelling at Van Loan; the NDP accused Van Loan of threatening then-House leader Nathan Cullen, to which Mulcair responded and ordered Van Loan back across the aisle. Cooler heads prevailed when Peter MacKay pulled his colleague back to the government benches.


December 2011: Peter Kent, then environment minister, was answering NDP MP Megan Leslie's question about the Conservative government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol when he suggested she should have been at a recent UN climate change conference. Opposition benches were not impressed: the Conservatives hadn't allowed opposition members to be part of the Canadian delegation. The heckling began, Kent paused his answer, and in the silence Justin Trudeau was heard to say, "You piece of s--t." Trudeau later apologized for using unparliamentary language.


February 1971: Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau was accused of mouthing a four-letter obscenity in response to an opposition question about unemployment rates, even being challenged to put it on the record. Conservative MP Lincoln Alexander said the first word started with the letter F, the second with the letter O. When Trudeau was asked to fill in the remaining letters and what he was thinking when he moved his lips, Trudeau responded: "What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say, 'Fuddle duddle,' or something like that?"


October 1991: Ian Waddell, a B.C. MP, lost his cool after missing a vote on a private member's bill and grabbed the mace — the symbol of order in the House — as the deputy sergeant-at-arms carried it out of the Commons after the vote. That's a no-no; Waddell was admonished by his colleagues. Not to be outdone, Canadian Alliance MP Keith Martin grabbed the mace in April 2002 to protest what he called the muzzling of Parliament. He apologized to the Commons for his actions.


June 1985: During a heated parliamentary debate, Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie looked across to the Liberal benches and said, "just quiet down, baby," a remark directed at Liberal MP Sheila Copps. Copps was having none of it. She famously demanded Crosbie withdraw his remarks: "I'm not his baby, and I'm nobody's baby."


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