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Pubdate: Thu, 18 Apr 2002
Source: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)
Page: A2
Copyright: 2002 The Vancouver Sun
Author: Canadian Press


Keith Martin Apologizes For Breaching House Decorum

OTTAWA - Canadian Alliance MP Keith Martin breached Parliamentary decorum 
by touching the ceremonial mace after his private member's bill on 
marijuana was defeated Wednesday evening.

The B.C. MP, whose bill calling for the decriminalization of marijuana was 
effectively defeated by a Liberal amendment, apologized.

"I apologize to you Mr. Speaker and the members of the House for touching 
the mace in the heat of the moment.  I tried to make a point that democracy 
was violated, four years of work was destroyed... I did that to make a 
point and I shouldn't have."

Touching the mace, symbol of the Speaker's authority in the House, violates 

Martin, MP for the riding of Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, shouted "this is not a 
democracy Mr. Speaker," after a Liberal amendment to his bill passed by a 
109-88 vote.  The amendment made some changes in the wording that 
effectively killed the bill.

Martin's proposal would have taken simple possession of marijuana out of 
the criminal courts and instead would have provided for fines for possession.
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