Just read about the ruckus in the Legislature. It’s not particularly funny but I can tell you from personal experience that the Leg can be a fairly uncivl place. I was a Page almost 20 years ago (serving coffee and passing notes for the MLAs) and I remember a lot of epithets and hand gestures and overall incivility. Things get heated – particulalry when it comes to big policy issues.
I remember one old time MLA telling me that it was far worse before McKenna. Apparently the guys (and they were mostly guys) would go get drunk at supper and come back to the Leg and have their debates in the can so to speak. McKenna outlawed that but it is hard to outlaw incivility.
I think I mentioned that I did a little formal debating in university and the professor advising us once said that the less fact-based a person’s argument was the more they would revert to shouting and emotional outburst in the hope that people would side with them just because they were passionate. It rarely works in debate clubs but I think it can be quite effective in public policy debates.