Politique…Le Xournal lance un appel à tous les élus pour maintenir le décorum du Parlement



Maintenir la discipline au Parlement n’est pas une chose aisée. Pour avoir vu plusieurs Speakers à l’œuvre, nous sommes un témoin privilégié de cette situation. Chacun se doit de mettre de l’eau dans son vin. Il n’y a pas de grand ou de petit élu. Chaque représentant du peuple a les mêmes droits, les mêmes privilèges. Mais il est clair que ces derniers temps, il y a une volonté de saper délibérément l’autorité de la présidence de la Chambre. Notre appel, aujourd’hui, s’adresse à tous les élus, peu importe son choix politique, pour redonner au Parlement son décorum pour des débats civilisés. Il y a eu plusieurs rulings à ce sujet dans le passé. Le drame c’est que des fois, ceux qui ont raison risquent de payer pour la colère de la Speaker vu les provocations d’autres membres.

Le ministre Pradeep Roopun a récemment introduit un point fort intéressant que la Speaker n’a pas apprécié.

Nous revenons sur cet aspect. Le 11 juillet 2006, Kailash Purryag, un des meilleurs Speakers, a fait une déclaration dans cette même ligne à la suite des divagations dans un article de l’Express l’accusant d’avoir volé au secours d’un ministre. Il rappelle ce que dit Erskine May Practice, la bible des parlementaires sur les questions supplémentaires, à ce sujet.

«An answer should be confined to the points contained in the question with such explanation only as render the answer intelligible, though a certain latitude is permitted to Ministers of the Crown; and supplementary questions, without debate or comment, may within due limits, be addressed to them, which are necessary for the elucidation of the answers that they are given.»

Kailash Purryag ajoute : «A supplementary question may refer only to the answer out of which it immediately arises.»

Tout en précisant: «An answer to a question cannot be insisted upon once the answer has been refused by the Hon. Minister and the Speaker has refused to allow supplementary questions in these circumstances.»

Dans les standings orders, on évoque clairement la question de Supplementary Questions.

Supplementary Questions

 

  1. (1) Supplementary questions may only be put for the further elucidation of the information requested, and shall be subject to the ruling of the Speaker, both as to relevance and number.

 

(2) A supplementary question must not introduce matter not included in the original question.

Il y a également le droit de soulever des «points of order» qui à notre avis a été inscrit pour donner plus de latitude et permettre d’accompagner la présidence de l’hémicycle dans son travail.

Points of Order

 

  1. (1) Any Member deviating from the provisions of these Orders may be immediately called to order by the Speaker or the Chairperson, or by a Member rising to a point of order. A Member rising to a point of order shall direct attention to the point he or she desires to bring to notice and submit it to the Speaker or the Chairperson for decision.

 

(2) When the point of order has been stated, the Member who raises it shall resume his or her seat, and no other Member, except with the leave of the Speaker or the person presiding, shall rise until the Speaker or the Chairperson has decided the point, after which the Member who was addressing the Assembly or Committee at the time the point was raised, shall be entitled to proceed with his or her speech unless the decision prevents him or her. The Speaker or the person presiding, whose decision shall be final, may reserve such decision until a later stage of the proceedings or at another sitting.

 

(3) No debate is allowed on a remark which has been ruled out of order by the Speaker or the person presiding.

 

(4) The Speaker, or the person presiding, shall be responsible for the observance of the rules of order in the Assembly or in any Committee thereof and his or her decision upon any point of order shall not be open to appeal, comments or remarks and cannot be reviewed except upon a substantive motion made in the Assembly after notice.

 

The Speaker shall not be bound to give any reason in support of any of his or her decisions.

D’où sans doute le rappel de Pradeep Roopun qui a déjà officié comme Deputy Speaker sous Kailash Purryag. Il est clair que certains députés abusent des standings orders à leur avantage. Ce qu’ils décrient aujourd’hui sont ce qu’ils ont eux-mêmes fait durant leur passage au pouvoir. Les exemples sont multiples comme en témoigne la lecture du Hansard.

C’est pourquoi nous estimons que le dernier ruling de Madam Speaker ne doit pas être pris à la légère suite aux incidents de mardi dernier.

Nous reproduisons de larges extraits:

I have said, I am patient with everybody but once, twice and thrice I can’t continue for people to argue with the Chair! This has become a habit now that people question the Chair. And I will take…

Now, I will take this same opportunity. Hon. Members, allow me now to make an announcement to this House following what has happened. Let me say that despite my endeavour to maintain order in the House so as to ensure the smooth running of business, I note with concern that some hon. Members behave in such a manner that is not conducive to serenity in this august Assembly. My repeated calls to order seem to fall on deaf ears.

My different appeals to hon. Members from both sides of the House to avoid making provocative remarks more especially during passionate debates are more often simply ignored. Worst, some elementary rules of parliamentary practices are simply disregarded and not complied with. I would not say with a majority of the Members of the House, but with a minority of hon. Members. For example, very often these Members do not take their seats when the Chair is on her feet. I just drew attention several times to this. I have to keep on reminding them that when I am on my feet, the House has to be silent.

On the other area where I really find some hon. Members’ attitude really incomprehensible, not to say unfair, is the attitude of certain Members on Question Time on which we are now, especially when supplementary questions are being asked. Supplementary questions relate to Standing Order 26(1), that is, to be asked for further elucidation of the information requested and must not introduce a matter not included in the original question. It is for the Speaker to decide on the relevance and the number of supplementary questions which is to be asked. It is at the discretion of the Speaker to decide if the matter has been sufficiently canvassed and this cannot be questioned.

Now, all these are provided in the Standing Orders and I must remind hon. Members that these Standing Orders have been voted by the House and the Chair has an obligation to see that these are enforced. So, my duty is to safeguard the authority of the Chair and to preserve the dignity of the House.

Hon. Members, may I kindly remind you that it is your duty as well to uphold the dignity of the House and, in so doing, to scrupulously observe the rules and procedures provided for in our Standing Orders. I am making and I hope that I am making an ultimate appeal to the tiny few from both sides of the House to make amends, more particularly in view of the fact that the proceedings now are broadcast live and that we are being watched not only by the whole population over here, but that we are being watched internationally.

Hon. Members, any unruly behaviour may lead to a loss of public confidence in our institution if we are not careful.  So, I rely on all your cooperation.

Thank you.

Jeudi après-midi, Le Mauricien a flatté allègrement la décision de Maya  Hanoomanjee de sermonner les ministres concernant les transferts des questions et les réponses non fournies au Parlement. Or, personne ne l’applaudira pour ses ruling même si nous estimons qu’elle aurait dû autoriser une question supplémentaire du député Alan Ganoo à un moment des interpellations mardi dernier.

A Le Xournal, nous avons à cœur l’image du pays et des institutions. Nous lançons un appel solennel à tous les parlementaires indistinctement de contribuer à maintenir la discipline, le décorum, et la dignité de notre auguste Assemblée afin de donner goût à nos générations futures de venir servir la population.

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