Opposition Leader Presents Privilege Motion Against Speaker Amidst Claims of Bias
Having not been satisfied with the response from the Speaker, the opposition leader presented a privilege motion against the Speaker on what he says is unfair and bias regard towards the opposition. Speaker of the House explained that the records of previous meetings will show fair and balanced treatment of both sides.
Valerie Woods, Speaker of the House of Representatives: “It has been a flagrant display of disrespect to the House in particular and to the Chair. That will be a matter for a Privilege Committee’s consideration. Subsequent to that it should be noted, and the record will reflect, that in addition to being a blatant disregard for the respect of the chair and the authority of the chair, it is simply false. The record in this House will show that both sides of this House disagree vehemently sometimes with the decisions that this chair takes. And the record will also show that this chair is okay with you disagreeing with the chair. That is democracy but my ruling is final. If you have, if any member has an issue with the ruling of the chair, instead of ad hominem attacks, instead of flagrant display of disrespect, and bringing the House into disrepute what should be done by any member is to use the right afforded to that member.”