Don't Say “Justinflation”: MPs Get Creative
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre.
The Conservatives' cheeky term for inflation under the Liberals got some MPs into trouble in the House of Commons, where it is forbidden to say “justinflation”.
The Speaker Anthony Rota repeatedly chastised Tory MPs this week for breaking the rules, asking them to correct the mistake as their pun indirectly violated procedure.
The House of Commons has long required MPs to use their colleagues' titles during debates, but never their first names. Thus, anything that deliberately includes Justin, the Prime Minister's first name, is excluded.
The Speaker of the House of Commons , Anthony Rota.
Conservatives have not yet been deterred from this, however. The Daily Transcript of House of Commons Debates has recorded their use of the term more than a hundred times since last November.
That's when- where Pierre Poilievre, who was finance critic at the time and has since become leader of the Conservative Party, began to popularize the term.
Some MPs appeared to react to Mr Rota's warnings by adding an exaggerated pause between the two words on Wednesday – just in case.
Liberals rose to complain about the term as early as March, and again this week, after Conservative MP Garnett Genuis said justinflation three times in a speech.
Alberta MP Garnett Genuis.
Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux said he had been somewhat patient with the MP, but three times was enough to say that Mr. Genuis was intentionally using the; unparliamentary and inappropriate expression to flout the rules.
Longtime NDP MP Charlie Angus chimed in, complaining that Genuis uses the term all the time.
“It's a little corny and I don't think it's appropriate. The Speaker should ask the member to withdraw his lame comment.
— Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins—James Bay
Assistant Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes said: I know the MP ;fits into his speech a bit differently, but again, I want to caution him about using that word.
The Conservatives, who have incorporated it into their speeches a little differently on a myriad of occasions, aren't the only ones making the joke.
The neo MP Democrat Niki Ashton, in a statement to the House last week, alluded to it, saying that while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mr. Poilievre have little in common, they're both just in bed with their dating pals. #x27;company.
New Democrat MP Niki Ashton.
Mr. Trudeau himself said inflation right, only once in the House, when he tried to turn the tables on the Conservatives last December.
“They talk to Canadians about the problems they face with declining affordability, rising prices for everything, difficulty buying gas , difficulty buying computers, and they shrug their shoulders and say, “Oh, that's just inflation.”
—Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Well, it's not just inflation; this is the goal we must have in order to continue to invest in Canadians. Afterwards, he never said it again.