Following a question from BC Liberal MLA Trevor Halford about the family doctor shortage, Horgan was heckled relentlessly by the opposition.
“They don’t want an answer, Honourable Speaker, because they are part of the problem. That’s why,” Horgan responded.
“Do you want to hear it? Do you want to hear it, or do you just want to hear your voice? Why don’t you go in the bathroom and talk to yourself in there? You don’t want to hear answers in this place. Seriously.”
Spicy debate during Question Period in B.C. legislature ends with Premier John Horgan swearing
He shifted back to talking about federal health transfer payments, but was cut off again by jeers.
He then asked his political opponents: “‘You want a headline, or do you want action?”
When the taunting continued, he threw up his hands, said “Ah, f—” and sat down. The comment ended Question Period.
Horgan three hours later and withdrew the comment from the record.
“My passion for health care got the better of me and I made some intemperate comments that may well offended members of this house and others. I apologize for that are withdraw my remarks unreservedly,” Horgan said.
The premier also took to social media shortly following the exchange, tweeting ‘If my mom was still around, she’d be on her way to the Legislature with a bar of Irish Spring.”
Heckling in common place during question period and the tension between the BC Liberals and the BC NDP has increased over the past few months.
The heckling was loudest during Horgan’s answers due to his perceived frustration with the official opposition around the issue of getting access to health care.
The concerns over family doctors have increased in recent weeks with more than as many as 900,000 British Columbians without one.
Data was also released last week week showing walk-in clinic patients wait for almost an hour on average in B.C. to see a doctor, longer than anywhere else in the country.
Speaker Raj Chouhan also expressed his frustration with both sides of the legislature around heckling.
“I’m so disappointed in all of you. During the question period, I have repeatedly said: “Please listen to the question and listen to the answer.” Once that’s over, don’t make it personal. Let’s behave like adults, please,” Chouhan said.
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