The Speaker of the House, Ken Kowalski, scolded Alberta MLAs (member of the legislative assembly) for using their BlackBerrys too much and not paying attention.
“C’mon now,” said Kowalski. “We agreed on certain things, certain decorum, and I even noted prior to this time today that several members had BlackBerrys out. Please.”
As Kowalski pleaded with members to stop using their BlackBerrys, members laughed and Twittered it (just kidding).
One Tory MLA, Thomas Lukaszuk, admits it’s hard for him to stop using his BlackBerry in the chamber, but denies he’s addicted to it. Lukaszuk noted U.S. President Barack Obama is a big BlackBerry fan and is allowed to use his because it’s allegedly spy-proof.
“If Obama can keep his, I need to keep mine,” said Lukaszuk, adding that, ultimately, he’ll follow the warnings of the house Speaker.
Personally, I think members should be allowed to use their BlackBerrys. It is in fact a Canadian-made device so it’s a point of national pride. What they shouldn’t be doing is wasting our tax dollars at these boring meetings where clearly nothing is getting done.