MLA Kevin Krueger’s unprompted outburst in the legislative hallway Wednesday lasted 10 minutes before Liberal Party staffers dragged him away from delighted reporters.
Acting tired and emotional, Krueger may have been using the wrong glasses Wednesday morning. Certainly the ones he did use gave an extraordinarily wide angled image of the westcoast political scene. He sees John Van Dongen, Adrian Dix and John Cummins conspiring with “the people” to prevent Christy Clark from getting “a fair shake.”
Although behaviour of the one buffoon was outrageous, for him it’s not out of character. Nor is it close to the worst parliamentary deportment noted in recent times. The British commission that runs House of Commons facilities reported a few days ago that MPs were drinking too much and action is planned to cut down on parliamentary consumption.
A rather infamous incident precipitated the review.
Labour MP spared prison after admitting drunken brawl, Mail Online, March 2012
“A Labour MP who head-butted fellow politicians in a House of Commons bar brawl was spared jail yesterday.
“Eric Joyce, 51, threw punches and ‘nutted’ two Conservatives after a late-night drinking session, snarling: ‘There are too many ******* Tories in here.’
“Witnesses said the glazed eyes of the former Army major, who had to be restrained by eight police officers, made it ‘look like nobody was home’.
“As the officers dragged him to the cells, Joyce yelled: ‘You can’t touch me, I am an MP.’
“…He continued his assault as officers tried to restrain him, swearing at them before head-butting Tory MP Stuart Andrew, giving him a bloody nose and concussion…”