May 26, 2021
Alberta MP Martin Shields was told he would be booted out of the House of Commons on Tuesday for wearing a pro-oil button on his lapel, says Blacklock’s Reporter.
The Bow River MP was wearing a button that read “I love Canadian oil and gas,” but Commons’ rules prohibit the wearing of props, which Shields questioned.
“Would that apply to anything people might wear in the House?” he asked.
His colleagues from other parties expressed their outrage over the button.
“He is either going to have to adhere by the rules that are set in this House and being enforced right now, or he is going to have to leave the chamber,” said Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen (Kingston & the Islands, Ont.).
“He is wearing a button with a slogan,” protested New Democrat MP Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Que.).
“Have the rules of the House of Commons changed? I too have a few buttons I could wear on occasion.”
“That is against the protocols of the House,” said Assistant Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes, adding the button “sends a very clear message not everyone is supportive of.”