Saturday, March 27, 2010

In Parliament They are Laughing at Michael Ignatieff and with Ann Coulter - Does It Get Any Better Than This?

Kathie Shaidle over at Five Feet of Fury calls this "the greatest exchange ever heard in Parliament" and she is absolutely right. It is just a perfect way to bring the great Ann Coulter flap of 2010 to a conclusion.

(from the Hansard)

David McGuinty (Ottawa South, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the darling of the reform-conservative-republican movement really outdid herself last night in Calgary. By addressing Canadian diversity, Ann Coulter said that diversity is not an advantage to a country like Canada. “It’s not a strength”, she continued. Then she went on to compare diversity to cancer. From organizing speeches to putting on cocktails, the Conservative Party’s dirty little fingerprints are all over her Canadian tour.

Will the Prime Minister immediately and publicly condemn Ann Coulter’s outrageous and intolerant views?

Hon. Jay Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, you and the hon. member would know that his question has absolutely nothing to do with the business of government and should be disallowed.


The Deputy Speaker:

Order, please. I do not see that that is a business of government administration. I do see the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister rising, so I will give him a chance to answer, but I caution members to keep their questions–

Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, the member has raised a very important question about an American commentator who has come to this country with some outrageous comments: comments supporting the Iraq war, comments supporting the use of torture, and comments referring to Israel as a war criminal.
But enough about the leader of the Liberal Party...


Is that not the wittiest thing ever heard in Question Period? Pierre Poilievre is my hero!

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