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'Must have sprained an eye': Nick Whalen's eye-roll in House of Commons

The eye-roll to end all eye-rolls? Nick Whalen's obviously exasperated feelings came through loud and clear in the House of Commons this week.
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The eye-roll to end all eye-rolls?

Nick Whalen's obviously exasperated feelings came through loud and clear in the House of Commons in Ottawa Wednesday.

The Liberal backbench MP for St. John's East was clearly not thrilled by something Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant was saying.

Whalen's reaction was to a comment by Gallant, calling the federal Liberal budget a "deceitful betrayal to every Canadian who served, past, present, or future, who share our military history."

According to the Hansard report, Gallant said "the Liberal defence review is a shameful attempt at covering up the disdain the Liberals have for the military."

 Needless to say, Whalen didn't agree.

"She tried to provoke a reaction, and she obviously provoked one out of me," said Whalen.

"It was a bit of a Kramer experience, a full-body eye-roll."

But while he didn't agree with the comments made by Gallant, Whalen said he'd do better to conceal his emotions in the future. 

"Next time, I'll just need to be a little more cognizant about the fact that there's cameras on me at all times and that it doesn't show a lot of respect for the other members," he said.  

Whalen's feelings to Gallant's comments were easy to see.

But some people thought the display was inappropriate for an MP.

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan responded to Gallant's comments, saying the Liberals have "increased the planned spending with $360 million for the operational budget" for the Canadian military.

With files from Meghan McCabe