A Sad Day in the House

Much has been written lately about the decorum in the House of Commons, especially during Question Period.  Although the quality of debate has been deteriorating for some time, perhaps a new low was achieved this week regarding an exchange between the Leader of the Opposition and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Thomas Mulcair asked specifics about Canada’s military commitment to the escalating ISIS: Syrian-Iraqi Conflict. Specifically, when did the thirty day period for reassessment start and finish and would a debate and vote on further commitment of Canadian forces occur? Rather than provide an answer, Paul Calandra chastised some NDP Staffer for writing derogatory comments on a Facebook page regarding Israeli Defense Forces. After three attempts to get the Parliamentary Secretary on point, Mr. Mulcair appealed to the Speaker to enforce the House’s vague rules concerning relevance.  When the Speaker refused, an understandably frustrated Mulcair questioned the Speaker’s…