Radio-Canada obtained a copy of the letter that the Speaker sent to the Bloc Québécois on June 22, in which he explains his decision.
Anthony Rota recalls that, on June 17, Jagmeet Singh was expelled from the Commons because he refused to withdraw his remarks. According to him,
an exceptional disciplinary sanction which is set up
when an MP persists in challenging the authority of the Speaker .
However, he does not believe that this punishment should continue. After
On reflection, I have come to the conclusion that the appropriate measures have been taken in accordance with our rules and practices and that there is no reason to follow them up. , he writes.
The disappointed block
Bloc Québécois parliamentary leader Alain Therrien replied on Monday, reminding him that Mr. Singh’s comments
are of unparalleled severity and
the leader of the NDP must [les] remove .
Therrien. Today he must end it. “,” text “:” Mr. Singh’s words made him the initiator […] of a public campaign of smear likely to be orchestrated and fraught with consequences that has extended far beyond the Bloc Québécois to harm all Quebecers, writes Mr. Therrien. Today he must end it. “}}” lang = “en”>Mr. Singh’s words made him the initiator […] of a public campaign of smear likely to be orchestrated and fraught with consequences that has extended far beyond the Bloc Québécois to harm all Quebecers, writes Mr. Therrien. Today he must end it.
There was an orchestrated desire to transform a parliamentary privilege into an accusation of racism which did a lot of harm to all the members of the Bloc Québécois, in particular to that of La Prairie. [Alain Therrien] , said the leader of the Bloc, Yves-François Blanchet.
Bloc members say they have received thousands of emails and hate messages on social media.
New Democrats satisfied
For his part, Alexandre Boulerice of the NDP is not surprised by the Speaker ‘s decision.
[Les bloquistes] have to live with the consequences of such a political orientation, it’s their own decision. We hope that we will be able as soon as possible to find common ground between all parliamentarians , he said in an interview with Radio-Canada.
Mr. Boulerice accuses the Bloc of
flirt a bit with more conservative right-wing populism .
On June 17, the New Democrat leader presented a motion on systemic racism to the RCMP, which included a request to review its funding and launch a comprehensive review of the use of force by federal police.
The Bloc Québécois opposed the motion claiming that the federal public safety committee was already examining the existence of systemic racism within the RCMP.
But the leader of the NDP was furious when he heard the Bloc’s opposition and called Alain Therrien, the party’s parliamentary leader, to
racist . According to Mr. Singh,
a person who votes against a motion like that is racist .
He later refused to withdraw his remarks as requested by the Speaker of the House of Commons and still has not done so.