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This article was published 24/11/2006 (3865 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Manitoba Liberals were making mischief in the legislature again Friday, rising on no fewer than five points of order during Question Period.The problem today wasn't that the two didn't get to sit next to each other. That's so 2003. Today the complaint was that Premier Gary Doer and Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen talk too much.The Liberals are steamed because the two leaders - whose tirades against each other are becoming more vitriolic by the day - are taking up so much time during the 40 minutes allotted for Question Period, the Liberals aren't getting a chance to ask their three questions in full every day.Most questions and answers are supposed to be limited to 45 seconds each. But the longstanding tradition of leaders' latitude allows the leader of the opposition and the Premier to go beyond the 45 seconds during question period exchanges between each other.Several times since the house resumed last week, Doer and McFadyen have gone on so long the Liberals have either not gotten in any questions or only got one or two in before Speaker George Hickes rings the QP bell.So on Friday Lamoureux arrived in the house armed with a stopwatch and timed the two every time they stood to speak. If they went over the 45 seconds, he stood on a point of order.Hickes was not amused. He chastised Lamoureux for raising it, ruled it out of order, and hoped it would end. But Lamoureux and Gerrard would not let go of their bone, and rose a total of five times on the issue. Each time Hickes shot them down with a growing exasperation in his voice.I ask you, is it ironic the Liberals were complaining about others wasting time when their complaints themselves, were in fact wasting time?McFadyen seems to think so."There is a certain irony to that," he said. "I'm sure Alanis Morissette would want to work that into one of her songs."