Speaker ruling on use of twitter in the House

Today, Peter Milliken gave his ruling on a Bloc point of order that was made earlier last month regarding Conservative MP Royal Glaipeau’s tweeting in the House of Commons. The Bloc member believed that Galipeau crossed the line when describing how many MPs were not present in the chamber from each party via his twitter account.

Galipeau tweeted,

“In the House now: 20 Conservative MPs, five New Democrats, four Liberals, zero Blocs”

Parliamentary rules state that a Member may not reference missing Members in the House while speaking. However, with the advent of new technology, the conversation perceived by outside observers is no longer limited to a Member addressing the chair.

Milliken ruled that while Galipeau’s tweet was regrettable that it is becoming impossible to police personal devices within the chamber and recommeded that the House of Commons study the use of such devices and services in a committee.

The Kindle was also spotted making its debut in the House during March gracing the desks of Ministers, replacing the larger tabbed green “answer” binders that they carry. With the Apple iPad hitting Canadian shelves later this month will we see another point of convergence of the useful and distracting in the House of Commons?

Comments

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  • east of eden

    There is no need to study the issue. There should be no BBs in the House while it is in session. MPs should be concentrating on the job at hand and not tweeting, blogging, facebooking, etc. while in session.

  • WarrenT

    Agreed. Ban them and ban the liveblogging of Parliametary Committees except by Bloggers accredited by the Speaker.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Ban, ban, ban!

    *sigh*

  • AtlanticJim

    Two commercial signal jammers would suffice for a place the size of the House.

    That way the MPs can continue to use PDAs, IPads etc as document holders and no more of this nonsense of tweeting and live bloging while they are supposed to be doing the job they are very well compensated for.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    Why is inappropriate to point out an missing MP but okay to spend weeks asking about a hissy fit at an airport?

    I would prefer an increase of scrutiny and more cameras and mics to catch the potty mouth MP's.
    Full disclosure on their expenses and spending by parliament.
    Are some MP's refusing to enter the Parliament until after our national anthem is sung?

  • WarrenT

    Agreed. Ban them and ban the liveblogging of Parliametary Committees except by Bloggers accredited by the Speaker.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Ban, ban, ban!

    *sigh*

  • AtlanticJim

    Two commercial signal jammers would suffice for a place the size of the House.

    That way the MPs can continue to use PDAs, IPads etc as document holders and no more of this nonsense of tweeting and live bloging while they are supposed to be doing the job they are very well compensated for.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    Why is inappropriate to point out an missing MP but okay to spend weeks asking about a hissy fit at an airport?

    I would prefer an increase of scrutiny and more cameras and mics to catch the potty mouth MP's.
    Full disclosure on their expenses and spending by parliament.
    Are some MP's refusing to enter the Parliament until after our national anthem is sung?