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Overly tight cheap underpants force Canada MP out of his seat

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian legislator Pat Martin on Thursday offered up one of the most original excuses ever heard for hurriedly running out of the House of Commons during a vote, his new cheap pair of underpants was too tight.

Martin, who belongs to the official opposition New Democrats, bolted as members of Parliament began to rise one by one to vote. He later blamed his departure on an unwise purchase at a local store.

"They had men's underwear on for half price and I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me. I find it difficult to sit for any length of time," he told the chamber to guffaws and applause from fellow legislators.

Martin, one of the more colorful Canadian members of Parliament, did return in time to cast his vote.



Brave of him to at least admit it though. But, wow...

edit: Anyway, this isn't really worth a thread. Kinda funny though if you're there I guess.

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Martin, one of the more colorful Canadian members of Parliament, did return in time to cast his vote.

If he returned in time to cast his vote, what duties did he fail at?

Want to see an MP failing at performing her duties, look no further than Sana Hassainia.

In 2014, she was present for just 16 of 269 votes in the House of Commons.

In an interview with CBC News last week, Hassainia said that she missed the votes because she didn't feel that her vote as an opposition MP mattered with a majority government.

"So I allowed myself to do this, because it's not my little voice that makes a difference," she told CBC News in French.


Q: Why did you miss almost every vote during the year?
A: In 2013, I had my second child. The party I worked for (the NDP) didn’t help me at all with my work-family balance. I decided even if that bothered the party at the time, (I would) not be as present for votes. I had two kids – and for me it’s important to be with them – and the vast majority of votes are at the end of the day or the evening, so I didn’t show up for that reason.


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