It started when Kitchener MP Stephen Woodworth broke ranks and tried to reopen the debate on abortion. He was supposed to speak on March 21 and offer a private members bill on the matter but was taken off the speaker's list. “The reason I was given was that the topic was not approved,” he said.
“I want to say that I too feel that my rights have been infringed on by members of the party because I am not allowed to speak on certain topics in S.O. 31s [Standing Order 31],” he said.
“I have had S.O. 31s removed and I have been told that if I have one on a certain topic I simply will not be given S.O. 31s.”
"Afterall, these statements are merely words, no matter how contentious some of these subjects raised might be," said Hiebert.
"There is no vote or any other action that can be taken during a one-minute statement that is going to topple a government or cause an election. There is nothing to fear on the part of any party in ensuring a members' rights to speak freely in the House are guaranteed."
“You’ve got to really, really, really repeat a simplistic point over and over and over again in order to get it to resonate with somebody who thinks about politics about 14 seconds a day.”
“Some people think that they’re a good backbencher and a loyal and noble foot servant by taking the talking points home on the weekends and telling all their constituents what a great job the government’s doing. I don’t see that as my role. I don’t see that as necessarily the best use of backbenchers’ intelligence or time.”