Questions about Conservative MPs laughing at Minister of Transport Ararjeet Sohi’s mention of his past career as an ETS bus driver persisted in the House of Commons Thursday.
Liberal MP Adam Vaughn, who attempted to have the laughter withdrawn from the record, said that laughing at a fellow MP’s career background is reprehensible, but fell short of calling for the Conservative caucus to apologize.
“I understand that some out in the public have asked for an apology, and I understand why that apology has been asked for. It’s up to them to decide how they want to conduct themselves.” he said. “I can only say that my point of order was that disparaging somebody because of their background is wrong.”
Vaughn said the laughter was out of line for elected officials.
“It’s not just bad manners, it reflects poorly on the values that we should share as members of the House of Commons.”
When asked if the Conservatives should apologize, Opposition Finance Critic and Conservative MP Gerard Deltell said he didn’t know what was happening and that his party leader had dealt with the issue already.
“To tell you the truth, I was there, but I wasn’t very focused on (the laughter),” he said. “My leader expressed the fact that we do respect everybody and everyone.”
After Vaughn’s request in the House of Commons, Tory MP Canadice Bergen rebuffed the accusation that her party members would laugh at another person’s past profession.