Today in Canada's Political History - February 28, 1968: Minister of Justice Pierre Trudeau fires back a those heckling him in the House of Commons, sets the stage for “fuddle-duddle”

Pierre Trudeau was sometimes appear contemptuous of opposition MPs and Parliament itself during his long and distinguished career. An example of his attitudes was on full display in the Commons on this date in 1968. “When you howl like animals,” the Minister of Justice and soon-to-be Prime Minister told opposition MPs in the House.” “I cannot very well hear the questions you are asking me. If you want to ask me questions, I will reply, but to moo like a herd, that doesn’t advance the decision much.”

Later, of course, he would famously tell an Opposition MP to “f…k off,” explaining to the media that he had actually said “fuddle, duddle.”

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.