Then the Prime Minister tweeted: ‘If my mum was still here she would be on her way to the Legislative Assembly with an Irish Spring bar.’
Question Period derailed Monday in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, culminating in Premier John Horgan mumbling an F-bomb.
Opposition parties spent much of Monday’s question period lobbying the BC NDP on access to family doctors.
“A million British Columbians don’t have a family doctor, and that’s unacceptable,” said Trevor Halford, BC Liberal MP for Surrey-White Rock.
In Kelowna, residents face the second longest wait times in Canada to access walk-in clinics, after Victoria. Halford noted that in Surrey there are 13 walk-in clinics that are full for the day at 10 a.m.
“When will this Prime Minister step into this house and give British Columbians the assurance they need that they will be backed by a family doctor? Halford continued.
Health Minister Adrian Dix had answered questions before Horgan stepped in to respond to Halford. The premier said Dix was working “around the clock” to improve health care in British Columbia, prompting applause from the New Democrat side of the aisle.
When the Liberals started heckling, Horgan shouted that “they don’t want an answer because they’re part of the problem” – which, unsurprisingly, sparked more heckling.
“Do you wanna hear it man, or do you just wanna hear your voice,” Horgan shouted through the house. “Why don’t you go to the bathroom and talk to each other in there, because you don’t want to hear answers here.”
After more shouting from the liberal side, Horgan waved them off with an “ah f**k” and sat down.
At that point the speaker asked for a 10 minute break.
Horgan tweeted about the exchange afterward: “If my mum was still here, she’d be on her way to the Legislative Assembly with an Irish Spring bar.”