Canadian House Speaker accused of 'planning' to eject Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre from Commons

"The speaker came into the house with a piece of paper and it was that piece of paper that he picked up and read when he named Pierre Poilievre and removed him from the house for essentially nothing," said Cooper.

Member of Parliament Michael Cooper (CPC-St. Albert-Edmonton) told The Post Millennial Friday that he believes House of Commons Speaker Greg Fergus “planned” to eject Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre from Question Period and merely found a pretext to do so.

As the vice chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, the need to preserve the non-partisanship of the Speaker is an important part of his role.

And Cooper thinks Fergus has failed on that count.

“I was outraged when it happened. And upon further reflection, following what happened to Mr. Poilievre. I strongly believe that it didn't happen in the moment in terms of the Speaker making the call right then and there,” Cooper told The Post Millennial in an exclusive interview.

Saying it was “clearly the wrong call" Cooper continued, “I believe that it was planned before Pierre Poilievere had even stood in the House of Commons. In the lead up to question period the Liberals were feeling the heat about, frankly, wacko decriminalization of hard drugs policy in British Columbia, that has led to a record 2,500 overdose deaths,” he said.

“And so Justin Trudeau was going to have to get up and answer questions, he was going to have to, frankly, get up and try to defend the indefensible. And the prime minister knew that. And the speaker knew that. And the speaker came into the house with a piece of paper and it was that piece of paper that he picked up and read when he named Pierre Poilievre and removed him from the house for essentially nothing,” said Cooper.

The MP noted that the word “wacko” is routinely used in the House of Commons during Question Period and throughout daily debates “by many Members of Parliament across all party lines over many, many years without any consequence.”

Cooper said Fergus “latched on” to this word “to remove from the House of Commons, the leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition” and “silenced” him so that he was unable “to hold this government to account for their wacko policies. And so yes, it was an affront to democracy, but it is par for the course with Justin Trudeau and his supporters because Justin Trudeau has gone to all lengths possible to silence his critics.”

Cooper noted how Trudeau had “frozen the bank accounts of law-abiding Canadians” who dared to protest his Covid-19 mandates during the Freedom Convoy protest of February 2022, eventually invoking the Emergencies Act to remove the protesters.  

“And last week, we saw the prime minister, through his partisan speaker, sink to another low by ejecting the leader of the opposition from the House of Commons for using what amounts to perfectly Parliamentary – and in this instance – very accurate language of characterizing the prime minister and his hard drug policies.”

The MP said the Conservatives can claim credit for Trudeau finally agreeing to recriminalize the public use of hard drugs in British Columbia after “the pressure” that their MPs put on the government.

He said the “public pressure” from outraged Canadians also helped move the government because BC’s wide-open drug use plan has “proven to be an absolute disaster, resulting in thousands of deaths, not to mention, really serious problems in communities right across British Columbia, including negatively impacting public safety.”

Cooper said he is concerned that Trudeau will ignore the lessons in BC and allow the city of Toronto to try its own experimentation with public use of hard drugs because “Justin Trudeau has continually refused to answer wherever his government will turn down requests from radical mayors like the mayor of Toronto, and her far-left dominated city council that wants to bring to Toronto, what Justin Trudeau and the NDP brought to British Columbia, leaving death and wreckage, human wreckage behind.”

But the MP said that what might be Trudeau’s most dangerous legislation has to be stopped before it becomes law: the Online Harms Act that will criminalize all so-called hate speech, create an online censorship czar and put Canadians under house arrest for thought crimes.

When asked if the Conservative opposition will vociferously fight this bill, Cooper responded, “Absolutely … This piece of legislation, is all about control, all about control by Justin Trudeau, to try to shut down, silence and even criminalize those who disagree with him,” said Cooper, adding that the bill demonstrates how Trudeau is a man who has “authoritarian impulses [and] who implements authoritarian policies.”

“And it's why we're going to fight this latest online censorship legislation that the Liberals have introduced. And it's why the sooner that this government finally has the guts or the Prime Minister has the guts to call an election so that Canadians can throw these guys out, the better.”
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