Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order in regard to an incident that occurred in this House during debate on a concurrence motion on Friday, March 2.
The NDP member for Winnipeg Centre said, “the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, who we call II Duce because Mussolini has nothing on this guy”. This is clearly unparliamentary language. In fact, page 150 of Beauchesne's 6th Edition has the word “fascists” listed as unparliamentary, and for obvious reasons.
The fascist regime committed untold atrocities during World War II and for any member of this House to compare another member to anyone in the fascist regime is unconscionable.
The statement by the New Democratic Party member is a slur against the good character of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and, in fact, is a slur and a condemnation about the membership of this place in general.
Even more troubling is the fact that over the past several months the New Democratic Party has stood in this House and in committee and has complained about the lack of decorum and civility in this place.
In light of that rhetoric, I would assume that the NDP can only be considered as sanctimonious and hypocritical. I would ask the member for Winnipeg Centre to apologize immediately, unreservedly, and withdraw his remarks.