Scheer adds the complaint raises a point as statistics show other MPs haven't gotten equivalent speaking opportunities.
I'm pleased with Speaker Scheer's ruling that MPs have the right to seek the floor at any time.Warawa took issue to the idea of a party blocking one of its MPs right to speak because it didn't follow the central communications strategy.
— Mark Warawa (@MPmarkwarawa) April 23, 2013
Yesterday, the Liberals reached out to Warawa telling him to wait with the ruling until the House had a chance to vote on their motion.
"I would urge you, and I believe it would be prudent for you, to wait a few more days, in the hope that this House is able to pronounce itself through a vote ... which we believe would — in a common sense and very democratic way — resolve this issue," said Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc.
"While each party manages the process from a different perspective, the bottom line is that each party makes these decisions," O'Connor said last month.
"The practice for many years in the House is for the Speaker to follow the guidance provided by the parties on which members to call on any given day."
It is also worth noting that when the NDP got wind of Bruce Hyer's intentions to leave their caucus, they stripped his parliamentary privileges.
“We must all recognize that we have developed a problem in Parliament of excessive party control and we must move to fix the problem before it erodes our democracy any further," said Bruce Hyer, an independent MP that had his parliamentary privileges taken from him by the NDP.
While the NDP and Conservatives refuse to address what appears to be a systematic issue, the Liberals will present a motion aimed at diluting much of the partisanship behind messaging that has escalated with the Harper government. We will see how MPs vote on the motion, and if the 12 rogue Conservative backbenchers support the motion that would give them their freedom - regardless what the PMO and whip says.
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