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

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

All in favour say Bow

Last week the Tellytorialist used the following bit of clever alliterative doggerel to refer to the Minister of Everything:

Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of the moves was not the appointment of the Carbonear Crackie as Minister of Health.
Cue the Spontaneous Outrage Organizational Committee (SOOC):

Taxpayer from NL writes: ...Carbonear, this august publication has now stooped to name calling.

JohnL from NL writes: Carbonear Crackie: Stopped reading the article at this point. Total lack of professional behaviour.

Pat from Ontario writes: Carbonear Crackie? If The Telegram needs to resort to name calling, then I guess the government isn't doing so bad. Admit it, it was uncalled for. A newspaper is supposed to provide unbiased information, not attack sitting (or non-sitting...) members of government. It's a newspapers job to provide information in a clear and consice manner, not to make up our minds for us. If he deserves the nickname... then it will be said in the kitchens of the province. It should not be said in the publications.

Bones II from nl writes: Carbonear Crackie? Completely unprofessional presentation, designed to provoke hatred through the use of ridicule.

(This latter, Mr. Bones II, has proven to be an elusive fellow...)

Then, cue the First Shocked and Appalled Division:

The vitriol of Friday's editorial was too much.

Referring to an MHA as a crackie is disrespectful, both to the person and to the people who elected him or her.

Dr. Noel Cadigan
St. John's

It’s a good thing, then, that MHAs and media alike now have the Paul Oram (Huge Difference David) Rule to rely on:

COCHRANE: Doesn’t that cut both ways? Do you read what you and your cabinet colleagues and your caucus colleagues say about other politicians in Hansard? Some of the nastiest comments I’ve seen in my twelve years of politics have happened inside that chamber, where the media is not allowed to go. So you want to talk about a civil tone in politics and how the media is hurting peoples’ families, don’t politicians have to look at how they treat each other, and how they treat their families, too?

ORAM: Huge difference, David, in what happens inside that House and what happens on the airwaves when families can listen to it and watch it, you know, and —
For as far back as there is eHansard, you have examples of MHAs – huge difference, David – calling one another crackies. You have Tories doing it, and in a positive sense even:

MR. SIMMS: You heard the Member for Burin - Placentia West. Like a cracky he is on his feet all the time speaking out on behalf of his constituents.

[March 25, 1991]

And Liberals, in a derogatory one:

MR. MURPHY: Anyway, the Member for Burin - Placentia West can thank himself for what is going on here right now. All he had to do was let this hon. Member make his few comments about the bill and that was the end of it. No no, he has to be cracky over there, "Deputy Dawg," yes, cracky.

[December 10, 1991]

And Tories being derogatory:

MR. [GLENN] TOBIN: Mr. Speaker, can the Member for St. John's South restrain himself. He is like a crackie on a chain.

[November 9, 1992]

And Ed Roberts. (Note how, when Mr. Windsor rises to defend his honour, it is over being told to “shut up”, not over being called a “cracky”; and how Mr. Shelley defends the honour of the cracky):

MR. ROBERTS: Would the cracky from Baie Verte - White Bay - it is kind of late. Mr. Speaker, would the hon. gentleman, the Member for Baie Verte - White Bay
just shut up for a moment?

MR. WINDSOR: Mr. Speaker, if the hon. the Minister of Justice is around here and is such a great parliamentarian and has such great knowledge of rules, he must know that it is certainly not proper to tell a member of the House of Assembly to shut up. He should withdraw immediately and apologize.

MR. SHELLEY: It is sickening to hear the likes of that from a House Leader, to call a man a cracky and a fisherman, or whatever. What's wrong with a cracky and a fisherman?

[March 8, 1994]

Here you have all three parties represented on the same day:

MR. HARRIS: I'm offering a bit of reason here to see whether or not the members opposite are even listening to the debate or whether they are doing what they are told - keeping their heads down and mumbling and acting like crackys every now and then - or whether they are actually paying attention and might be able to actually make a decision on this.


MR. W. MATTHEWS: Well I say to the Member for Terra Nova that bulldogs do have some good qualities as well; or they are crackys and without going too far -


MR. ROBERTS: Now, hon. members opposite were not interrupted by me. I did not interrupt their leader, nor their House Leader. I would ask them to do me the courtesy, but if they prefer not to, I tell them: (a) I can shout as loud as anybody in this Chamber, if I have to; and (b) I have dealt with better than all of them put together, over the years.


MR. ROBERTS: That includes the cracky dogs in the back benches.

[May 16, 1994]

You have Premiers:

PREMIER TOBIN: Mr. Speaker, I have to say with great regret that I find the questions of the Leader of the Opposition - he is like a dog with a bone. He is like a little cracky that has his teeth around a wheel going rather fast. Mr. Speaker, he is like a little dog with a bone; he is gnawing and chewing and chewing and gnawing and he will not let go.

[May 22, 1998]

PC opposition backbenchers:

MR. J. BYRNE: The Member for Bellevue is like the little cracky over there, as usual, mouthing off, trying to say something. He doesn't have a clue what he is talking about, as per usual.

[December 7, 2000]

And again:

MR. J. BYRNE: Did you notice how different he is this sitting of the House, the Minister of Health? Can you remember when he was sitting on the other side over there, anytime we were up here saying anything controversial he was on his feet. Yap, yap, like the little crackie. He was like the little crackie following the car, but he is more reserved now. I do not know why. He is trying to make the impression that he is Premier or Premier material. What happens when the people of the Province finds out it is nothing but burlap?

[December 11, 2000]

Liberal Leaders of the Opposition:

MR. REID: Mr. Speaker, can I have some protection from the cracky down there?

[April 3, 2006]

And PC Ministers of the Crown:

MR. SULLIVAN: (Inaudible) the Leader of the Opposition to stop yapping over there, and behave like a little cracky rather than a saucy, vicious dog over there.


[May 18, 2006]

And even uses that were subject to a Speaker's intervention:

MR. JOYCE: Mr. Speaker, the Member for Mount Pearl, the crackie from Mount Pearl always has his mouth going but he does not have guts to stand up and criticize these numbers.


MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MR. JOYCE: If you want to stand up and say these numbers are wrong -

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MR. JOYCE: He always has his mouth flapping over there but he does not have guts to stand up and say what is right or wrong. Stand up and criticize these figures. Do it if you are going to, if not stay quiet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please! I ask the hon. member if he would be a little bit sensitive to some of the language that he is using here in the House to refer to hon. members. I will just ask him if he would be kind enough to refer to hon. members as hon. members and not use some of the adjectives that he is presently using.

MR. JOYCE: I withdraw the crackie remark. I will do that. If I made that remark -


MR. JOYCE: But, Mr. Speaker, I do ask for a bit of protection over there because once the truth does come out they have a habit of not liking the truth.

[May 14, 2007]

(Mr. Joyce, incidentally, was the target of this bit of vitriol, which went unremarked by SOOC.)


MR. SULLIVAN: We took money - when I say we, this Province, this government. They took hundreds of millions of dollars and spent it and wasted it on all kinds of things to get re-elected; everything to get re-elected. Will that crackie from Twillingate& Fogo, who is not in his seat, calm down a little there, Mr. Chair. He is trying to outshout somebody who is duly recognized here. That is what is wrong with that government, they cannot accept the truth-

MR. REID: Mr. Chair, you are talking about unparliamentary remarks. I ask the Minister of Finance to withdraw the last remark that he made about me, because it certainly was unparliamentary. It has been used in this House before and the speaker had to stand and withdraw the statement. I ask the hon. member to do the same thing.

CHAIR: The Chair did not hear what the Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board said. The Chair was conversing with the Clerk of the House. If the minister said something that is unparliamentary, I ask him if he would withdraw that statement.

MR. SULLIVAN: I used the word a little crackie. If that is unparliamentary, I withdraw it. I meant to say a little Liberal. I withdraw it. If little crackie is unparliamentary, I withdraw it.

CHAIR: Order, please! I ask the member if he would withdraw the phrase little crackie.

MR. SULLIVAN: Yes, Mr. Chair, I withdraw the little crackie statement.

[May 3, 2005]

Huge difference, David.

Huge difference.

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