This pic, courtesy of freelance reporter Anne Cote (the only scribe to slog through until the wee hours of committee) is the tame version of what went on earlier this week when your elected officials were supposed to be debating the minutia of democratic process.
It’s Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon and Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson -- all decked out in their memorabelia. (Click on it for a bigger image.)The other night in the justice committee, the NDP called a short recess that stretched into nearly an hour. All geeked up on energy drinks with no one to filibuster, the Tories launched a mock committee, with Goertzen at the head of the table playing Chomiak. I sure wish there was video. Sadly, there’s only this art.Down the hall a few nights earlier, there was another weird encounter involving a Tory staff note Labour Minister Nancy Allan apparently yonked right out from under Tory MLA Len Derkach’s nose. I’ve heard a couple versions of the story, and it sounds like the truly high-school parts of the incident weren’t captured in Hansard.What is on record is Derkach demanding the note be returned to him and threatening to get security if it wasn’t. All the while the chair of the committee dithered and said she’d take the matter under advisement. The note was eventually returned, when a real adult in the form of Health Minister Theresa Oswald intervened.