There is a long established stereotype that Canadians are generally the nicest and most polite people around. 

Despite having spent a summer living in Vancouver it is impossible for this writer to dispel that stereotype, though we're sure there has to be some grumpy and rude Canadians out there somewhere. 

One place you're unlikely to find them however is in Parliament where Canadians politicians seem determined to reinforce the polite stereotype. Michelle Rempel of the Conservative Party and Elizabeth May of the Green Party engaged in the most polite tit for tat you can imagine over whether or not the word 'fart' is parliamentary language. 

Once can only imagine what they would have made of this incident from Paul Gogarty in 2009.