May 20th, 2024

House Speaker kicks Pierre Poilievre out of Commons over unparliamentary comments

By The Canadian Press on April 30, 2024.

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre delivers a speech at the Canada Building Trades Union conference, Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Gatineau, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Speaker Greg Fergus kicked Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre out of the House of Commons during question period today.

All Conservative MPs have left the chamber in protest after Fergus gave Poilievre multiple chances to withdraw comments calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “wacko.”

Poilievre said he would replace the word with “radical,” then that he would “simply withdraw and replace” the language with the term “extremist.”

Fergus said the Conservative leader was disregarding the authority of the chair.

The exchange came after Conservative MP Rachael Thomas was kicked out of the chamber for disregarding instructions from the Speaker, whom she called “disgraceful.”

Immediately before the events, Trudeau had accused Poilievre of associating with far-right extremists and said a person who does so is not fit to be prime minister.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2024.

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