‘Racist, Sexist, Ageist, Homophobic’ – MPs Face Heckles of All Kinds in House

Editorial Cartoon by Brian Gable

By Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail, 12 July 2011

“Overall, even though heckles concerning an MP’s party, idea or ideology are most common, the data show that racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic and other discriminatory sentiments were certainly part of the 40th Parliament,” writes the author of the survey, Mackenzie Grisdale.

Some MPs – under the cover of anonymity – offered specifics when it comes to heckling, suggesting women MPs face a harder time in the House that men. “One female Conservative MP heard someone yell at her ‘That was dumber than you look,’” the report states. “This MP raises other points as well: Personal attacks like ‘idiot, liar, stupid, chicken’ and heckling about gender (usually by women aimed at women), for example alleging the women are puppets, stooges, robots under the direction of men [are] particularly offensive.”

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Editorial Cartoon: Brian Gable/The Globe and Mail