Pat Martin is known for getting passionate in the House of Commons and in public, and occasionally uses colourful language to get his point across. Here are some highlights we compiled:
"I can blame it on a sale down at the Hudson's Bay…They had men's underwear on for half price. I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me and I find it difficult to sit for any length of time. I apologize it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote."
—February 2015, House of Commons, after being caught getting out of his seat in the middle of a procedural vote
"They're going to get their asses sued."
—Winnipeg Free Press, February 2015, about people who accuse him of living in British Columbia
"Has the minister lost his freaking mind?"
—December 2014, House of Commons, question to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz regarding the pending sale of the Canadian Wheat Board
"Look... Given the parliamentary session we've just endured, the term 'rat faced whores' is using a great deal of restraint..."
—Twitter, December 2012, the day before he closed his Twitter account
"Listen, I would never judge someone who screwed their babysitter for years or knocked up their secretary, so don't ask me to. Respect..."
—when asked about another MP's personal life on Twitter, December 2012
"I should have called him an honourable asshole."
—February 2012, after being asked to apologize for calling a Conservative senator an asshole
'Who the hell uses a burner cellphone when they're not trying to hide something? Only dope dealers, and Hells Angels, and Tony Soprano use burner cellphones.'
—February 2012, scrum outside House of Commons, during investigation of robocalls during 2011 election campaign
"Don't you threaten me you little pissant."
—March 2012, Twitter, responding to a Conservative blogger
"This is a f--king disgrace... closure again. And on the Budget! There's not a democracy in the world that would tolerate this jackboot sh--."
—Twitter, Nov. 2011
"Folklore has it that the Canadian beaver will bite off its own testicles when it is threatened and offer them up to its tormentors. I think that is a fitting metaphor for the way our Canadian government reacts to bullying on trade issues, by carving off pieces of our nation and offering them to the Americans."
—House of Commons, Oct. 2011
"You would have to be crazy to put asbestos in children's toys. Only in Canada, eh? It's sort of like putting razor blades into children's apples at Halloween."
—while performing at a press conference as the puppet "Toxic Timmy" in February 2007
"North Dakota is acting like some rogue state. Instead of North Dakota they should be called North Korea, complete with a department of misinformation."
—Winnipeg Free Press, during battle over the Devils Lake Outlet in June 2005