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Conduct unbecoming

Re 'It Is Not Appropriate to Manhandle Other Members' (May 19): As two delicate tourists and retired journalists from Victoria who were sitting in the gallery metres above the dust-up, may we make a few observations?

Liberal MP Geoff Regan, the Speaker, did not seem to have control of the House and should have reined in the fracas prior to it materializing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a well-known pugilist and now an accomplished sprinter, was clearly frustrated at opposition delays and out of line in his actions, and rightly apologized sincerely. MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau made a quick recovery, a very quick recovery, after an accidental minor jostle.

In the heated exchange between Mr. Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Mr. Mulcair loudly told the PM to fuddle duddle and was not sanctioned for his unparliamentary language.

We can also report that mercifully, we saw no student groups in the galleries to watch the children at play.

Stan and Anne Bartlett, Victoria


No more Sunny Ways. Now it's Thuggy Ways.

Ray Kathwaroon, Winnipeg


How about using a card system in the Commons to control unruly players? It's quite effective in soccer, where diving leads to a red card, which means you're off the field of play. I would "red card" Ruth Ellen Brosseau for her "dive" on Wednesday, an ill-advised attempt to score points. At least with a red card, she would have had a reason for leaving the House and missing the vote.

As for fellow NDP MP Niki Ashton's comments about the incident making women feel unsafe in the Commons, I would issue her with at least a yellow card for exaggeration. Both women were playing the gender card in a display of shameful politics.

Patricia Steward, Toronto


How sad. The rabble have assumed control of the House when the Speaker has to admonish MPs that "it is not appropriate to manhandle other members." Perhaps the Speaker should remind members that being elected brings a responsibility to lead by example in integrity and non-physical displays of dissent.

The Speaker should exercise his responsibility of naming members and ordering them from the chamber for non-acceptable behaviour and get the Commons back to being a place of intelligent and informative debate.

M.P. Martin, Ottawa


I watched the Commons incident on the news. I saw that a group of NDP MPs, including their leader, were shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor, deliberately obstructing the Conservative Whip. They were delaying the vote by shuffling back and forth to prevent him from returning to his seat. This is what provoked Justin Trudeau's inane actions. We've heard his apology. What about theirs?

Steve Higgins, Hespeler, Ont.


Remember the schoolyard game called Red Rover? It looks like the NDP was playing a parliamentarians' version of it by stopping the Conservative Whip from getting to his seat.

Naturally, MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, who is schoolyard smart, took advantage of her positioning. I humbly suggest that she never take a Toronto TTC streetcar at rush hour. The agony of it would be too much for her.

John Marion, Toronto


Perhaps the Prime Minister mistakenly believed that he was part of a bench-clearing brawl at a baseball game. I propose a three-game suspension, plus a substantial fine.

Bruce Baugh, Kamloops, B.C.


Perhaps the Trudeau-Grégoire household actually needs one more nanny – for daddy?

Susan Kastner, Toronto


Millions to unions

Re Education Unions Given $80.5-Million By Ontario Since 2000 (May 19): Paul Elliott, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, is quoted as saying that unions are "much more equipped" than local school boards to conduct professional development. I have two questions for Mr. Elliott.

1) In what subject area do they possess special expertise to put them in a superior position to the school board in delivering professional development programs?

2) Could the answer to my first question be Politics 101?

Don Forsey, Toronto


"All three parties on a legislative committee voted unanimously to have the Auditor-General investigate whether the payments [$3.8-million to cover the cost of bargaining] were a good use of tax dollars."

As a citizen of Ontario, I suggest paying unions to cover bargaining costs is not a good use of tax dollars. Members of the "education unions" support their locals through dues, as do other unions and their members. Why are they not responsible for the costs of negotiations?

Through taxes, I fund the provincial government for negotiating on one side of the table. Also funding the other sides seems strange. I have no input into teacher unions' policies. It seems to me that they are a private, not a public organization. Perhaps naively, I believe these dollars would be better spent in direct support of our children in the schools of Ontario.

Clare Kramer, Brantford, Ont.


Arms, oil, anger

Almost daily, there are articles and letters to the editor regarding the sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. I trust that those Canadians who so vehemently oppose the sale are equally energetic in promoting the Energy East Pipeline, so Eastern Canada can use Canadian oil instead of sending millions of dollars to Saudi Arabia for its oil. No doubt our oil dollars are used, in part, by the Saudis to buy arms from around the world. This would seem equally troubling.

Chris Vardy, Victoria


To be a Canadian RN

Re Protecting Canada's Edge In Nursing (May 13): As president of Canada's national registered nurse (RN) regulator group, I am mystified by efforts to discredit the public safety efforts of Canada's nurse regulators. Regulators are not harmonizing Canadian and U.S. nursing education, and the national RN exam (known as the NCLEX-RN) does not contain American content.

By the end of 2015, 84 per cent of graduates from a Canadian nursing program had passed the NCLEX-RN.

Canada's nurse regulators collaborate with our national and global counterparts in order to share experiences and best practices that may improve the public's safety. Our involvement in such collaboration is not an attempt to change to an American system of nursing or nursing education. Canada's nurse regulators have only one motivation – to protect the public interest.

Anne L. Coghlan, president, Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR)


A Jays prospect?

Perhaps the Blue Jays might sign the PM as a pinch runner. It would shake up the team. They need it.

Geoff Smith, Kingston