PQ accidentally votes against itself

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 2/12/2013 6:36:00 PM

In a day of stumbles, the Parti Quebecois accidentally took part in a unanimous motion against its own cuts to university funding.

One of its MNAs had also been spotted snoozing in full view of the cameras during question period.

Votes against itself

After question period, the CAQ presented this motion:

"That the National Assembly force the government to renounce the budget cuts being imposed on universities..."

A motion like this normally gets shot down by the ruling party before it even goes to a vote, but in an apparent moment of inattention or confusion, the PQ's deputy house leader consented to a vote without debate.

A shocked opposition clapped in pleasure, but they were in for a bigger surprise -the deputy house leader then consented to having the motion pass unanimously.

The deputy house leader only seemed to notice the fumble until some minutes later, when he asked the speaker if the vote could be re-taken. "There was some confusion in the acceptance. Can we go back on a vote that has already been called?" he said.

"No. So, you have yours answer. No," was the speaker's dry retort.


The possible impact of this vote is not yet clear. The CAQ spokesperson says while this motion does not throw Quebec into an election, it is uncertain whether it is binding.

"Legal services are probably looking at the impact of that motion right now," says Guillaume Simard-Leduc.

Motions normally have little impact on the workings of government. But, in 2011 the speaker of the House of Commons found the Harper government in contempt of parliament for ignoring a motion from the floor that ordered his government to produce documents.


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  1. joe derome posted on 02/12/2013 07:16 PM
    So,.... these will be the founding fathers, and mothers, of a new Nation....They don't seem to have the same WOW factor as some leaders in the past....just my opinion.
  2. Rick posted on 02/12/2013 07:43 PM
  3. Cranky posted on 02/12/2013 07:51 PM
    and these people want to run their own country, right.
  4. Phillip posted on 02/12/2013 09:25 PM
    You Snooze. You Loose
  5. Dennis Apedaile posted on 02/13/2013 01:16 AM
    You snooze, you lose.
  6. Rebecca posted on 02/13/2013 06:56 AM
    This job is so boring and it's hard to concentrate while sleeping.
  7. LMAO posted on 02/13/2013 08:59 AM
    This upper chamber will be outselling the Comedy Fest at this rate.
  8. Guy Bergeron posted on 02/13/2013 10:54 AM
    Got news for you : politicians are human and sometimes slip; your researchers should have checked the number of times this has happened in Canadian parlimentary history. Let he who has never slipped throw the first stone...
    1. Pierre Poutine posted on 02/13/2013 02:53 PM
      @Guy Bergeron Care to provide some cited examplels, Guy?
    2. Bd posted on 02/28/2013 07:49 AM
      @Guy Bergeron Surgeons are humans too, as well as airline pilots, taxi drivers, etc.. You don't get to just be an idiot and fail massively at your job and blame it on being human.. The PQ is a joke..
  9. Dennis posted on 02/13/2013 08:46 PM
    Just for Laugh Gags!!!
  10. Mike D posted on 02/14/2013 04:17 PM
    Reminds me of the last referendum question. The PQ try to fool everyone with their B/S questions. They even fooled themselves on this one. Unbelievable what a bunch of total jokers. HA HA HA
  11. J.S. posted on 02/16/2013 06:06 AM
    Last week another pq minister admitted to being educated in English(.I don't know his name nor do I care) This has to be the biggest gang of two face people to ever get elected. A couple of days after that our old lobster from the ot parizeau said he has been funding Quebec solidaire. Hmm I guess he doesn't somehow remember the speech he stuttered after the last neverendum . Money and the ethnic vote were responsible for the loss. Amir Khadir is an ethnic is he not? I guess as long as you support te cause it can be looked over until they achieve their goal.
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