Of course, Stollery was that wonderful MP for 10 years including one illustrious year as a Parliamentary Secretary before Trudeau stooged him into the Senate.
but the proceedings turned particularly ugly when Liberal Senator Peter Stollery hurled an insult at Karzai, Afghanistan's interim president, who MacKay said would soon be visiting Canada.
"You know Karzai, he's a stooge. He was put there by Americans. Everybody knows that," Stollery said.
"First of all, I don't believe President Karzai is a stooge," MacKay said.
"He can't be anything else," Stollery interjected, before fellow Liberal Senator Colin Kenny, who was chairing the hearing, cut him off.
"With respect," MacKay replied in an even tone, "he was democratically elected, and having met him, I find him to be a compelling, charismatic, dedicated person that wants to help his country."