Provincial New Democrat aboriginal relations and reconciliation critic Bob Simpson tore a strip off Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger yesterday, in an exchange just outside the legislative chambers. Both men had been in the house, listening to Maureen Karagianis debate legislation that will prepare British Columbia for the introduction of the harmonized sales tax, when the tourism minister began heckling the children and family development critic. That prompted Mr. Simpson to heckle back. After some hand signalling, the two took their back-and-forth outside the house and into the speaker's corridor. That's where Mr. Simpson laid into the minister for being a "nonsensical bully" among other names. The set-to eventually broke up, with the aboriginal relations and reconciliation critic heading to the washroom and Mr. Krueger returning to the legislature.
April 22, 2010