November 30, 2002
THAT EXPLAINS THE PRO-CHOICE POLL:'Disgust' as MPPs chucked: Name-calling, curses rattle legislature (ANTONELLA ARTUSO AND ALAN FINDLAY, November 28, 2002, Toronto Sun)
Ontario's legislature erupted into a "disgusting" bout of name-calling yesterday that ended with one cabinet minister and two opposition politicians being chucked out of the House.
School children and seniors looked on from the gallery during question period as Attorney General David Young called a Liberal critic a "moron" and taunted Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty with hand gestures. Grit deputy leader Sandra Pupatello responded by calling Young an "a--hole."
When the dust had settled, House Speaker Gary Carr had thrown out government House Leader Chris Stockwell, Pupatello and Toronto Centre-Rosedale Grit MPP George Smitherman.
"Quite frankly, it's a disgrace and it's disgusting," Carr said afterward. "Last week we had fingers being given to each other. Today we have the famous 'moron' now that's becoming well known."
It's cold comfort to find out that the recent "moron" remark may not say so much about Canadian attitudes towards our president, but instead may reflect an increasingly swinish society. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2002 6:43 PM