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NDP MP says Aglukkaq ‘disgusting’ for question period heckling of national inquiry calls



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By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
She’s sorry, but not sorry.

NDP Carol Hughes says she still believes Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was “disgusting” for heckling during a question period debate over the need for an inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.

Hughes was forced to apologize in the House of Commons following question period Monday after Conservative MPs overheard her saying to colleagues “isn’t she disgusting?” in reference to Aglukkaq. The Tory Nunavut MP was relentlessly heckling NDP MPs over their continued push for a national inquiry into the reasons why 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing over the past three decades.

Conservative MP Jeff Watson rose on a Point of Order and said Hughes’ statement was a “personal attack and unparliamentary.”

While Hughes apologized and withdrew her statement, she later told APTN National News in an interview that she wasn’t really that sorry.

“She just goes on and on and on. She’s not a very nice person in the House when she is heckling like that,” said Hughes, who is the NDP MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing. “It got the best of me. I am not going to shed any tears over it. I think it was actually quite disgusting, to have to put up with that. All we are asking for is a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

Aglukkaq, who is the first Inuk to ever sit at the federal cabinet table, has developed a reputation as a relentless heckler during question period.

True to form on Monday, Aglukkaq launched a heckling tirade against Hughes as she was launching her question on the need for a national inquiry. A wide-shot of the House of Commons chamber during the episode shows an animated Aglukkaq heckling Hughes and gesticulating.

The chamber’s microphones, however, did not catch what Aglukkaq was actually saying, but Hughes told APTN National News she was yelling that the NDP didn’t know what it was talking about.

Aglukkaq continued to heckle even as Speaker Andrew Scheer gently chastised her for interrupting the question.

“If the Minister of the Environment wants to answer the question, she can answer it after I have recognized her, but not while the member is asking the question,” said Scheer, who has faced criticism both inside and outside the House for keeping too lax a grip on behaviour during question period.

Aglukkaq only stops heckling after a Conservative MP in the row behind her taps her on the shoulder, leans over and says something in her ear.

Hughes then finished her question, which referred to the 10 year anniversary of Amnesty International’s “No More Stolen Sisters” report on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

“What is the government so afraid of? What is it trying to hide this time? Will the government finally listen and put in place a national public inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women,” said Hughes.

Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch fielded the question and responded saying the NDP “would rather hide behind a bunch of lawyers” on the issue.

“Having toured across the country and spoken to those families in confidence, we are moving forward with a plan that supports them, that puts in place preventative measures and also, that ensures we are protecting them,” said Leitch.

Aglukkaq’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The NDP has pledged to call an inquiry within the first 100 days if elected to government.

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12 Responses to “NDP MP says Aglukkaq ‘disgusting’ for question period heckling of national inquiry calls”

  1. daveymoores@yahoo.com'
    Leroy_Mouchelette September 30, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    What about when Leona called Romeo Saganash “a disgrace to your people” for asking a question about missing and murdered aboriginal women? I know who the REAL disgrace is.

  2. warren.janice@gmail.com'
    Coolcooker September 30, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    I think heckling in the house is idiotic in general and specific to this particular issue, just really stupid.

  3. andrew.mcinally@inproveinc.com'
    Vorter Jackson September 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Again Scheer had a opportunity to defang an idiot. He didn’t take it.

  4. killer_mike23@hotmail.com'
    Mike September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Leona,
    As lil wayne said,”youre a sellout but I aint buy-in”

  5. killer_mike23@hotmail.com'
    Mike September 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    She’s a sell out but I aint buyin’

  6. mjekelly@yahoo.ca'
    michelle September 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Glad the NDP are there to Mansplain to Native women what is best for them.

  7. brentonsiddons72@gmail.com'
    Brenton Siddons September 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    same old lefty strategy ignore the facts and prey on the emotions of a dead issue…saves having to actually identify a real issue worth fighting for

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      Darling Damianton September 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Murdered women aren’t worth fighting for?

    • damiandarlington@hotmail.com'
      Darling Damianton September 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

      Murdered women aren’t worth fighting for?

  8. clarencefisher_22@yahoo.ca'
    Clarence Fisher September 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    My god is this what goes on? This is a disgrace to all those missing aboriginal women. This woman is being used as a puppet by the conservatives. Urgh so upsetting. Like as a woman herself, she should be applauding any positive moment on this huge issue.#1 She’ll loose all respect from any minister. #2 Especially those in the conservative party. I mean how much respect do you treat your patsy-toys anyhow.

  9. laulenbacall@gmail.com'
    lauren bacall September 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Another “Trained Seal !!”

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    Dan Tee September 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    There was no need for Carol Hughes to apologize, Leona is a disgusting individual and I would say that anyone who heckles anyone in QP should wear the same description.