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Hudson's Bay Store May Have Strained Canadian Democracy

"Tightey-Whiteys" Move NDP Pat Martin During Parliamentary Vote

(SNN) – Constituents of Winnipeg Centre will need to supply their MP with proper underwear if they want their interests met. NDP MP Pat Martin had to leave his seat today during a vote in Parliament due to a case of cramped family acorns as a result of ill-fitted underwear purchased from a Hudson's Bay department store.

The Winnipeg Centre representative voted on a procedural motion to adjourn debate, then left his seat for a moment. His absence during the count was noticeable, and as a result, prompted Conservative MP Royal Galipeau to ask deputy speaker Joe Comartin if a vote still counts if an MP leaves while it's being counted.

Ever vigilant for democracy, the cramped Martin stood up and stated, "I can blame it on a sale that was down at the Hudson's Bay [Department Store] .... They had men's underwear on for half price. I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me and I find it difficult to sit for any length of time,” he added, "I apologize if it was necessary for me to leave my seat briefly, but I did not mean to forfeit my right to vote."

This interaction resulted in a burst of laughter, cheers and applause from the benches, which resulted in Comartin needing to rule on whether Martin's vote would count.

Comartin's comment, "I didn't understand the explanation at the time, that he subsequently gave … can't say I really understand it at this point." Since Martin was in his seat when the vote was read, and also when he voted, it was ruled valid and would stand.

As for the Hudson's Bay store, this is the first recorded case in recent Canadian history where a retailer's product may have affected a parliamentary ruling. Or was this just a cheap political plug?  Whatever the explanation, this is how politics roll in Canada.

Image Credit: Pat Martin The Sage nor this article endorsed. The original image can be found here.

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