PC MPP who referees Ontario's legislature wants to see better behaviour - 2019-09-09
The Progressive Conservative who referees Ontario's legislature is asking fellow MPPs — including in his own party — to dial down confrontational behaviour when they return from an extended summer break or risk alienating voters.
Without naming names or parties, Speaker Ted Arnott singles out "repeated and contrived standing ovations" in the legislature's daily question period, noting they "do not lead us to a higher standard of parliamentary decorum."
Tory MPPs, led by Premier Doug Ford, have been criticized for setting a rancorous tone by jumping to their feet to clap at every response from the premier or his cabinet ministers. In retort, the official opposition New Democrats occasionally do their own standing ovations.