Saturday, February 09, 2008

Mangling Question Period

Chet reports another "I know you are but what am I?" Hansard moment :

When questioned about transferring captured prisoners into Afghan hands, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan accused the Liberals of being Taleban sympathizers :
"What we will not do is what the agent for the Taliban intelligence agency wants us to do over here, which is release to them information on detailed operations in the field," he said in the House of Commons.

In addition to being the Government House Leader, Mr. Van Loan is also the Minister For Democratic Renewal.
Yes, that's what we thought too.

Still, for sheer idiocy, it would be hard to beat this "gotcha" moment from Health Minister Tony Clement, as caught by Accidental Deliberations :
"Mr. Speaker, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, we have heard everything from all sides from Liberal opposition members. One week they are saying we did not act soon enough and on another week they are saying we should have acted sooner..."

Apparently unaware he had made a sufficient ass of himself the first time, Mr Clement chose to repeat a variation of it a few moments later.

Ass est longa; vita brevis.

But wait! Suddenly another Contender appears on the horizon...this time in committee.
From Kady O'Malley : Putting the circus back in Pandora's toothpaste

2 comments:

Jennifer Smith said...

Remind me to tell you my funny Tony Clement story someday (well, my husband's, actually - they went to high school together).

I can't give away too much in a public forum, but it involves a creative English teacher, a board game called 'Diplomacy', and someone being tied to a tree.

Gazetteer said...

Good thing you didn't give 'too much' away Jennifer. Otherwise, I would been forced to hose-down rather than just wipe-off the keyboard.

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Hey, A.

Something tells me Ms. O'Malley is not going to be on S&S's 2008 year-end exclusive interview list.

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