February 7, 2019 7:02 pm

Quebec family minister sparks Twitter debate about Question Period behaviour

Family Minister Mathieu Lacombe said every MNA has the responsibility to set an example during question period. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

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Quebec Family Minister Mathieu Lacombe sparked a Twitter debate about the tone at the National Assembly.

In a tweet sent Wednesday, Lacombe wrote “Since my arrival at the National Assembly, it floors me to see the Liberals heckle, laugh and mock so much.”

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In the same tweet, Lacombe also asked, “As a young politician, I wonder, is this really what we want as a legislature?”

That created quite the debate, with Parti Québécois MNA Catherine Fournier weighing in:

She tweeted, “I echo those comments. And I’d say that it’s even more annoying when they are just next to you.”

Liberal MNAs Christine St-Pierre and Greg Kelley jumped in, saying they’re not doing anything the CAQ didn’t do when it was in opposition. Christopher Skeete, who is in charge of the secretariat for Anglophone relations, voiced his opinion with this meme:

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“I do not agree often with ministers from the Coalition Avenir Québec, but on that I totally agree,” Québec Solidaire Co-Spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois commented Thursday morning before question period.

“They (the Liberals) are really conducting themselves as if they are on the school yard, shouting laughing and commenting every question.”

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Lacombe added that every MNA has the responsibility to set an example.

“We need to change our attitude in the parliament as a young member of the National Assembly,” Lacombe said. “That’s my wish for the future.”

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