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Penalize bad behaviour: NDP

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OTTAWA -- The NDP is making another attempt to bring civility to the raucous House of Commons by proposing a graduated series of penalties -- up to and including suspension and loss of pay -- for MPs who go too far in personal attacks.

NDP House leader Nathan Cullen tabled the motion just one day after Charlie Angus -- a member of Cullen's own party -- was admonished by Speaker Andrew Scheer for describing Conservative rival Pierre Poilievre as wearing a "clown nose."

The NDP motion targets "harassment, threats, personal attacks or extreme misrepresentation of facts."

"There is no workplace in this country that would accept that kind of behaviour," Cullen said Tuesday. "So why do we accept it in the House of Commons?"

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2013 A2

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