John Ivison: Order returns to a (slightly) changed Commons after Speaker’s ruling

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Mark Warawa was always an implausible provocateur. It was his claim that his right to freedom of speech had been breached by the Conservative whip that led to the Speaker’s potentially historic ruling Tuesday.

All eyes were on the MP for Langley, the day after Andrew Scheer ruled that he is prepared to recognize any member who catches his eye in the House — an affirmation of the Speaker’s primacy over the party whips when it comes to who is allowed to make statements and ask questions.

During members’ statements, the pro-life Mr. Warawa indicated he wanted to speak, despite not being on the Conservative list provided to the Speaker.

Paroxysms of glee ran through the full press gallery, in anticipation of a full-blooded condemnation of the Harper government and all its works on the abortion issue.

What did we get? A fulsome tribute to a “must-see” event that took…

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