"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Second person singular

Another quaint Parliamentary custom, adhered to everywhere from Westminster to the Western Australia Model Parliament, down the tubes in Dannyland:

Today my questions are all related to the faulty ER/PR testing and the details that are unfolding around the Cameron Inquiry.

My first question, Mr. Speaker, the Province has been riveted by the testimony and other news coming out of the Cameron Inquiry, and I am sure the Premier has been kept up to speed on all of the details in his absence in the last week. So, Mr. Speaker, my questions today are for the Premier.

Have you, Premier, received a subpoena compelling your testimony at the inquiry at this stage?


Just for clarification, Premier, are you saying that even once you learned about this in October, 2005, that you and the minister never, ever, discussed it together either?


At least, even if he can't be bothered to enforce things like time limits on questions and answers, the Speaker has laid down the law...
I would also like to ask members for their co-operation in referring to their colleagues in the House. This has been happening ever since the Forty-Sixth General Assembly has sat, and while we have not brought anybody’s attention to it with maiden speeches by members - but I ask members for their co-operation. When they refer to sitting members of the House, refer to either the executive position where they sit or by the district that they represent. It is certainly unparliamentarily, not only in this Legislature but in all Parliaments of Canada and in the United Kingdom, to refer to members by their maiden name. I say to members, when it happens in the future the Chair will rise and ask members for their co-operation.
... at least until the next time he lays down the law.


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