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Conservatives, Bloc ask new Speaker to resign over tribute to interim Ontario Liberal Party leader


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Greg Fergus apologized for his video message to John Fraser at the party’s leadership convention

OTTAWA – The new Speaker of the House of Commons is already facing calls to resign from at least two parties almost exactly two months after being appointed to the role.

 

Greg Fergus apologized on Monday morning for recording a video tribute honouring the outgoing interim Ontario Liberal party leader John Fraser, whom he described as a longtime friend and almost as “family,” at the party’s leadership convention this past weekend.

Bloc Québécois House leader Alain Therrien said his party was willing to give Fergus the benefit of the doubt in the impartial role as Speaker, having recently served in several partisan roles including as Justin Trudeau’s parliamentary secretary, but that this video was the last straw.

“To act as Speaker, one needs to possess two essential qualities: impartiality and flawless judgment. Unfortunately, the current Speaker has demonstrated that he has neither of those two essential qualities. That was clear after what occurred this weekend,” said Therrien.

“That is why the Bloc is calling on the Speaker to resign as soon as possible.”

The Conservatives did not immediately call for Fergus’s resignation, opting instead to take the procedural route as they multiplied points of privilege to drag on the debate on Monday.

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So, TLDR version - the speaker of the house must remain neutral at all times. This guy was put in place after the last liberal speaker invited a nazi to the house for honours and snacks.

Many said he was too partisan, but the libs really wanted a black guy to prove they're not nazi's. 

This guy had LESS THAN 2 YEARS to go before the next election. He just had to keep it together that long.

Within 2 months he sent a highly partisan message out that is definitely against the rules.

I swear to god, the libs have some rule that says they must act like 1diots and have a scandal in every month with a vowel in it.

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