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Cannan: Allegations are false

Kelowna MP Ron Cannan is speaking out against what he calls false accusations levelled at him yesterday by the NDP. 

A story, which broke last night, said Cannan had to be 'physically restrained' after crossing over to the NDP side in the House of Commons, while demanding an apology from MP Dan Harris.

Harris later told reporters outside the chamber that Cannan "was getting belligerent and yelling at me from across the way," before appearing on the opposition side of the House.

But Cannan tells Castanet that it is a lie and there was no physical restraint needed.

“Absolutely false, no,” said Cannan.

According to the Kelowna MP, he did go over to the other side of the house in order to get an apology, but says he did not act inappropriately.

“We are allowed to go to the other side, I didn't cross the floor, I went behind, it was very respectful," says Cannan.

"I walked towards (NDP House Leader Peter Julian). Peter said 'don't come here', I said 'you need to have MP Harris apologize'. He said I had to leave, I said he needs to apologize to the Honourable Minister Ed Fast for these false allegations, or be prepared to repeat those allegations outside."

Cannan goes on to say he was frustrated becasue MP Harris's alleged insult was made in an area where he enjoys full immunity.

“Parliamentarians are protected from being charged with slander if they say something erroneous, so basically if you make an allegation that is false there are no consequences,” explained Cannan.

Cannan says that MP Harris accused Ed Fast of something which he emphatically denies doing, and for that Harris has refused to apologize.

“In my view, to falsely accuse a member in such a way is un-parliamentary and totally inexcusable,” said Cannan.

“His actions not only damage the integrity of parliament but how Canadians view their elected representatives.

Anyone, regardless of party, who makes those sort of statements that are erroneous and allegations that are not true needs to stand up and clearly apologize.”

The alleged altercation happened shortly after NDP MP's say Trade Minister Ed Fast made a gun gesture towards NDP MP Niki Ashton after she asked a question during Question Period.

--With files from The Canadian Press

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