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Some of what was said about the scuffle in the House of Commons

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elbowed an NDP MP in the chest during a brief scuffle with MPs


 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday May 18, 2016. Footage from the Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of MPs, mostly New Democrats, and pulling Opposition whip Gordon Brown through the crowd in order to get a vote started. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-House of Commons **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, face towards the camera left of centre of the frame, is shown near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday May 18, 2016. Footage from the Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of MPs, mostly New Democrats, and pulling Opposition whip Gordon Brown through the crowd in order to get a vote started. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-House of Commons

OTTAWA – Just some of what was said in the uproar that seized the House of Commons on Wednesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest during a brief scuffle with MPs.


“I was standing in the centre talking to some colleagues. I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming and so I left the chamber to go and sit in the lobby. I missed the vote because of this.”
—Brosseau, MP for the Quebec riding of Berthier-Maskinonge


“I want to take the opportunity, now that the member is OK to return to the House right now, to be able to express directly to her my apologies for my behaviour and my actions, unreservedly.”
—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


“I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends directly to the member and to any members who feel negatively impacted by this exchange and intervention because I take responsibility.”
–Trudeau


“I saw the prime minister – I would use the word ‘charge’ across the floor with intent and shove people, with the intent of moving the whip down the aisle, an intentional action by the prime minister which is unacceptable in the House of Commons. … As part of doing that he knocked one of my colleagues into the desk.”
–NDP MP Randall Garrison


“It was most unwise of the prime minister to attempt to move along the vote … but the second contact with my friend, the member for Berthier-Maskinonge, which is certainly the one that was the most emotional for the member involved, was clearly, from my perspective … unintentional.”
–Green party Leader Elizabeth May


“I have to say that I saw the prime minister approaching and following the honourable member, trying to reach her and saying how very sorry he was. He had not seen her behind him. That is the truth. Now you can like it or not like it.”
–May


“What I witnessed was the Prime Minister striding across and coming to the group that was gathered and blocking the way of the opposition House leader. As he strode across, the group moved apart and he reached through and moved the House leader through. At the point that he did, he did bump into another member. I believe there was no intent to harm anyone or to actually bump into any one.”
–Liberal MP Deb Schulte


“I am ashamed, as somebody who sits in this House, to have been witness to the person who holds the highest position in our country, the highest elected position, to have done such an act in this House.”
–NDP MP Niki Ashton


 
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Some of what was said about the scuffle in the House of Commons

  1. Always a fascinating opportunity to observe people’s reactions to events like these. You can potentially gain interesting insight into people through their reactions.

    We see how some people’s lenses are so thickly clouded partisan they over-react one way or the other (“this was a non-event” or “outrageous physical conflict”). The blind partisans.

    We see some people recognize it’s not the over-stated event others claim, but play it up/down for cynical partisan reasons. The dishonest partisans.

    There is also, as there always is at the occurrence of any event–no matter how banal–the perpetually offended, frothing with great excitement at a new opportunity to be offended. The perpetually offended.

    And in the minority, the level-headed few who, as objectively as is reasonably possible, react honestly and accurately. The event was inappropriate, but clearly no intentional physical interaction occurred. The rational.

    • There was clear intentional physical interaction. Trudeau chose to walk across the Commons floor. He chose to barge into a group of NDP MP’s. He chose to grab the arm of the Conservative whip and forcefully remove him from the group of MP’s, and so forcefully he elbowed a female NDP MP in the process. And he chose to swear.

      Clear intent all along the way.

  2. A ruckus in parliament is nothing new, and from an international perspective, yesterday’s scuffle was in fact very low key. This sort of thing has happened countless times in modern legislatures around the world. It’s good to see some fire in our politics. Trudeau rocks. So does Angry Tom. Harper was hiding under under his desk!

    • actually, Harper was stand there laughing at trudeau…you can see him in most videos

  3. A ruckus in parliament is nothing new, and from an international perspective, yesterday’s scuffle was in fact very low key. This sort of thing has happened countless times in modern legislatures around the world. It’s good to see some fire in our politics. Trudeau rocks. Harper was hiding under under his desk!

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