NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Jan. 29 2013. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA -- Nathan Cullen, the House leader for the New Democrat Official Opposition, introduced Tuesday what his party is calling the "Civility Project" and wants a whole raft of new rules and penalties introduced into the House of Commons to curb this bad behaviour. The Speaker of the House of Commons - the current office-holder is Conservative MP Andrew Scheer - would be charged with policing all of this.
The sentiment from Cullen and the NDP is fine and good but this proposal is not the answer to the problem.
As Conservative MP Michelle Rempel said on Twitter when she heard about Cullen's ideas: "Here's a thought - we're all adults, maybe we could take personal ownership for how we conduct ourselves in the House."
Or, failing that, the House leaders and whips from each party, could do more to enforce decorum.