The word “fart” caused a stink in the Canadian parliament last week, and it was all caught on camera for the rest of the world’s amusement.
“Why does this government treat Alberta like a fart in the room that nobody wants to talk about or acknowledge?” Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel asked on Friday while blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration for ignoring economic concerns in the western province. “That is where my constituents have been at with this government for over a year.”
Green Party leader Elizabeth May took offense.
“I heard her say a word that I know is distinctly un-parliamentary, and I think she may want to withdraw it,” May said. “The word was F-A-R-T.”
Rempel’s response: “Is my colleague actually serious?”
Yes, very serious. So serious, in fact, she continued to scold Rempel and refused to “forgive” or “accept” the language. Anthony Rota, the Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, even had to step in and consult a rule book.
Watch the video above to see how the difference in opinion on the offensiveness of the word fart is decided.