It pays to say sorry
Environment Minister John Baird will not be silenced after all.
The loquacious Baird was facing a 30-day suspension from addressing the Commons after he broke its rules on Wednesday by referring directly to visitors in the gallery overhanging the floor of the House.
That is a privilege strictly reserved for the Speaker and opposition MPs, who had faced their own suspensions in the past for speaking to visitors, were demanding that the ultra-partisan minister be made to pipe down.
However, Commons Speaker Peter Milliken ruled today that Baird has expressed "proper repentance" for the act and so will not be punished.
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