Government house leader admits MPPs could 'strike a better tone' - 2019-10-24
Ontario's Government House Leader admits that members of the provincial parliament could "strike a better tone" when they return to Queen's Park on Monday — one month after a speakers' memo was revealed that asked Ontario politicians of all stripes to tone down their confrontational behaviour.
"Decorum is obviously something that's very important to me, and I think to all our members on both sides of the house. We've heard about that, and we'll make sure that the spirit of what the speaker was talking about will be respected," Paul Calandra told reporters outside a Thursday cabinet meeting.
The speakers' memo, as reported by the Toronto Star, singled out behaviour such as "mean, excessively rude, or nasty" commentary in the legislature, and "repeated and contrived standing ovations" during question period — the latter being an oft-used tactic by Progressive Conservative MPPs in Premier Doug Ford's team since they took office. (Opposition NDP members have at times done the same.)