In the U.S., democracy may seem to be going down the shitter. In Canada, there's a little more foreplay.
Michelle Rempel, rightA row has blown up in the Canadian parliament - over the word "fart".When Conservative MP Michelle Rempel accused the government of treating the province of "Alberta like a fart in the room" over jobs, Green Party leader Elizabeth May took exception.
However, it was not the accusations of inaction which riled Ms May.
"I heard her say a word I know is distinctly unparliamentary, and I think she may want to withdraw it," the shocked Ms May said.
"The word was f-a-r-t," she continued, spelling it out clearly so as not to repeat the offending term....
Unsurprisingly, the row has caused great hilarity on social media - especially in light of the political upheaval taking place just across the border.
"With all eyes on Trump's destruction of US politics and civil society, a silent but deadly political scandal in Canada," tweeted Josh Greenberg, director of one of Canada's leading journalism schools.