He also noted that commenting on "the character or actions of the Speaker" - like, for instance, "an allegation of bias" - "could be taken by the House as breaches of privilege and punished accordingly."
I'm no expert on Parliamentary proceedings. Like most Canadians, I think Parliament is proceeding very poorly. Questions aren't answered, information is not shared, legitimate requests are shot down with school-yard retorts.
When the Leader of the Official Opposition asks a question about Canada's military commitment overseas, gets a snide come-back instead of anything approximating a legitimate answer and the only answer the Speaker can provide is "hey, don't look at me" - then something is decidedly wrong with the system.
It's not the Speaker's job to hold government to account - that's Parliament's job. The problem is that Parliament is government - the party with the majority of seats, anyway. Or in theory. Truth be told it's a select few cabinet ministers, the PM and a retinue of unelected partisans who actually shape the agenda.
Accountability has left the building. The referee is looking after his own interests. The enforcers now own the rink - and they're not interested in playing the game, but in knocking out the competition. The audience is an afterthought.
The question is, how do we get accountability back?