And is the collollary that it is acceptable to hurl any insult you want as long as you apologize immediately afterwards? (Check out comments at The Politic)
Apparently there are some that would say yes. David Akin seems to think there is no story here as well. No "legs" - only hair.
I can just picture the chaos ensuing from this judgment call, as if Question Period wasn't wild enough already. Anyone can now shout whatever they want at any time, as long as they rise up immediately afterwards and apologize. Get in your witty slams and then look like a hero as you retract them. Just what we need - more phony political posturing and wasted time on the backs of the taxpayers.
I agree with Devin from Maxwell's House that they should "grow up", but for the sake of peace and decorum I have another suggestion. If you clowns can't help yourselves from dishing out the dirt in the heat of Question Period, at least refer to the recipient of the insult by their parliamentary title.
Hence, the offending remark from Salongate would have been phrased as, "The Honourable Member from Edmonton-Spruce Grove is too busy at the hair salon to do her job", or something to that effect.
And David McGuinty's original taunt at Peter MacKay would have been, "Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honourable member from Central Nova, what about your dog?"
Obviously some of these clowns are unable to keep their mouths closed and to only address the Speaker, so my suggestion would go a long way towards slowing down the insults. By the time they remembered their colleague's title, the moment would have passed and the brain would have kicked in.
Even if they did manage to spit it out, it would be less likely that an offensive comeback would ensue, as some of them ponder the fact that they are supposed to be in a position of honour and respect.
Or maybe we should start right here in the blogs, referring to Members of Parliament by their title instead of stooping to insults. Lead by example.
Nah, we're not getting paid enough for that.