Conservative MP Royal GalipeauPhotograph by: Chris Wattie, Reuters
OTTAWA — Ottawa-Orleans Conservative MP Royal Galipeau will not be sanctioned for using Twitter to report on Bloc Quebecois and Liberal MPs missing from the House of Commons.
House Speaker Peter Milliken handed down a ruling Thursday following a complaint by Bloc House Leader Pierre Paquette, who accused Galipeau of breaking parliamentary rules.
Galipeau used Twitter to report the absence of Opposition MPs and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff in particular. A long-standing custom holds that it is unparliamentary to refer in speeches to missing members, as they are often away from the chamber attending committee hearings or doing other work.
Galipeau argued that the rule should only apply to speeches made in the House and not outside, or on social networking sites, like Twitter.
Milliken said that statements such as those made by Galipeau are “unfortunate and I would strongly advise all members to refrain from such behaviour in the future.”
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