Conservative MP told to remove pro-oil button in House

Conservative MP told to remove pro-oil button in House
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An Alberta MP was told to remove a button stating “I love Canadian oil and gas” under a House of Commons rule that forbids “props of any kind used as a way of making a silent comment on issues.”

MP Martin Shields (Bow River) defended his button, but Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands) insisted that he would have to “leave the chamber” if he didn't remove the item.

According to Blacklock's Reporter,

“That is against the protocols of the House,” said Assistant Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes, adding the button “sends a very clear message not everyone is supportive of.” The slogan was “a very clear message regarding the positioning of the Party,” said Hughes.

“Remove that button,” said Hughes. Shields complied. The MP routinely sports the button at committee hearings.

You can watch the point of order raised over the button in the video below: 

Earlier this year, the Carleton Liberal association accused Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Nepean—Carleton) of “white supremacy” for wearing an Oil Sands Strong sweater in public.

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  • By Ezra Levant

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