What haven’t they said in the House of Commons?

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What haven’t they said in the House of Commons?
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“Fuddle Duddle”

1971: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau allegedly mouths the words “f--- off” to Conservative MP John Lundrigan. Lundrigan told reporters,“He mouthed two words. The first started with the letter F, the second words the letter O.” Trudeau denied swearing inside the House of Commons, replying it was just “fuddle duddle.”


1985: Conservative MP John Crosbie says to Liberal MP Sheila Copps “Quiet down, baby.” Copps retorts:“I’m not his baby and I’m nobody’s baby.”

“F-----g bastard.”

1991: A visibly angry Prime Minister Brian Mulroney allegedly calls Winnipeg Liberal MP David Walker a “f-----g bastard” during an attack by Walker on the government’s child-poverty record. Opposition MPs and a Canadian Press photographer in the Commons say they clearly heard Mulroney utter the phrase but the comment didn’t turn up in Hansard, nor was it audible on the sound recording.


1991: Tory MP Bill Kempling, to Liberal MP Sheila Copps. Kempling claims that he said,“What a pain in the butt.”


1991: Alberta Tory Jack Shields told Windsor New Democrat Howard McCurdy,“Shut up, Sambo” during the daily question period.

“Slab of Bacon”

1997: Reform MP Deborah Grey is criticizing changes to the Canada Pension Plan when Liberal Defence Minister Doug Young responds:“I’ll tell you what. There’s more than a slab of bacon talking there.”

“Chubby little sucker”

1997: Reform MP Darrel Stinson calls Progressive Conservative Leader Jean Charest a “fat little, chubby, little sucker” in the Commons, while the Canada Pension Plan is being debated.

“You are one bitch”

1997: Reform MP Ian McClelland, to Sheila Copps


2005: Tory MP John Reynolds, to Liberal MP Joe Volpe


2006: Liberal David McGuinty, in a spirited back-and-forth in the Commons over the environment, taunts Conservative Peter MacKay by asking if he’s worried about his dog. MacKay retorts “You already have her.”

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