Conservatives' New Tactic: Heckling Female MPs into Silence
The Conservative Party's new tactic in the House of Commons is gender
based heckling. When women opposition MPs speak,the heckling by the
Conservatives becomes so loud so as to drown out the questions of
these elected women. They are using their noise and numbers in an
attempt to silence women in the house. This was demonstrated 2 days
ago when Carolyn Bennett (LIB) rose to ask a question in the House.
Megan Leslie (NDP) has also spoken out about this issue.
Yesterday Jack Layton made the following statement in
L'hon. Jack Layton (Toronto-Danforth, NPD) : Monsieur le Président,
les citoyens nomment un député à cette Chambre pour représenter leurs
valeurs de coopération et de respect mutuel. Nous assistons
régulièrement à des écarts de comportement du députés qui déshonorent
la confiance que les gens ont placé en nous.
During question period we have been witnessing undeniably sexist
heckling from members of the government side. This abuse is growing
hotter, it is growing more frequent and there is more bullying. I can
hear some of it now, except in this case it is not targeting women as
it all too often does in this chamber. It targets women representing
opposition parties, all the opposition parties in the House.
L'intimidation sexiste n'est aucunement justifiable au Canada et ne
peut en aucun cas être tolérée dans notre Parlement.... Read more
As a parliamentarian, as a man, a father, a grandfather, I call on the
government's leadership to really get a grip on its members and set a
Action suggestion: Let's write to the speaker, Peter Milliken, about
this issue requesting that he begin to act as Speaker and discipline MPs
who conduct themselves in sexist and intimidating ways:
316-N Centre Block
E-mail address SpkrOff@parl.gc.ca
I hope some of you will add your voice to demonstrate against this by
writing to Milliken or Conservative MPs. The Conservatives are
providing another reason why women will not run for elected politics.