“I feel very strongly that this is not
only disrespectful of women, but it's disrespectful of this
House. It reflects an attitude of objectifying women, and we
know that when women and other human beings are objectified and
dehumanized, they become the objects of violence and abuse.”
Mr. Moore appeared stunned by the
allegation, especially after it was amplified by Liberal MP
Karen Redman, who said it was a “very serious allegation” and
suggested Mr. Moore “look in his heart, perhaps look on his
“I don't, frankly, have the faintest
idea what my colleague is talking about,” Mr. Moore said.
“I've taken great efforts throughout my
political career to treat all my colleagues with the deepest of
respect. I don't know where this attack is coming from, where
these allegations are coming from. It is utterly baseless,
Speaker of the House Peter Milliken
quickly ruled the matter was not a point of order and should not
be heard by him.
Mr. Moore, who represents the B.C.
riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, is a former radio
show host and broadcaster. He was first elected in 2000 at the
age of 24, the youngest person to be elected to Ottawa in B.C.
history, according to his official biography.
He serves as parliamentary secretary to
the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and also
as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Pacific
Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.
Ms. Mathyssen is the MP for London-Fanshawe;
Ms. Redman represents Kitchener Centre.