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An oral history of Elbowgate

How the event unfolded—and the reaction, in all its hyperbolic splendour—as told by our elected representatives


 
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. (CP)

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. (CP)

The House of Commons has witnessed many a cringe-worthy spectacle, but none quite like the drama of May 18. The Liberal government had a motion pending to limit debate on Bill C-14, the contentious legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide. More remarkable than the motion were the Prime Minister’s actions when he perceived that opposing MPs were trying to impede members from taking their seats to vote. Here is how the event unfolded—and the reaction, in all its pearl-clutching splendour—as told by our elected representatives. Unless otherwise noted, MPs spoke directly to Maclean’s:

Mark Warawa (CPC, Langley–Aldergrove) [not pictured]: “There was a lot of tension in the air. Bill C-14 was going to be debated on Monday; I was one of the members who was going to speak. But that didn’t happen because of procedural games in Parliament. C-14 is probably the most important piece of legislation I’ve debated in my 12½ years in the House of Commons. This is such an important bill, with the looming deadline of June 6 [set by the Supreme Court]. When members of Parliament who are ready to speak and at the last minute the government changes what’s going to be debated, that’s going to create tension.”


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**Charlie Angus (NDP, Timmins–James Bay): “You need to put this in context of a day that was spiralling from the get-go. [The Liberals] were introducing motions that would give enormous power to the ministers. That was basically putting a nuclear weapon on the table. They could call a debate at two in the morning with a vote at three. It became a very torturous, toxic place. That’s not how the Westminster system works. As opposition, you have very few tools. Sometimes you have a slow vote—it’s a tactic. The Speaker hadn’t made any move that there was a problem. The vote had been delayed all of 30 seconds or a minute.”


Linda Duncan (NDP, Edmonton Strathcona) [not pictured]: “A number of members clearly took it upon themselves to stand there and not sit down immediately. It’s not like this was a concerted, agreed-upon thing. They were standing there chit-chatting, and I would say it was rather convivial, between our members and the Conservative whip, Gordon Brown. I think he knew exactly what was going on, and you certainly didn’t hear any jeering by his gang, like, ‘Get out of his way.’ There certainly wasn’t any pushing or shoving or to-and-fro until the Prime Minister arrived.”


Warawa: “When you have 338 people coming into a room, and people are moving around—I think that obstruction was unintentional. I’d seen the Liberal whip walking into the House. So I’m looking to my left and I’m wondering, where’s Gordon, our whip? And out of my periphery I see somebody coming, and it’s the Prime Minister. He’s marching with a very determined look and at a very brisk pace.”


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**Justin Trudeau (Liberal, Papineau), to the Commons at about 5 p.m. on May 18: “As we were gathered here for a vote, after the time had counted down, I observed our whip walking down the aisle to proceed with the vote. I had noticed that the official Opposition whip seemed to be impeded in his progress down the hall. I felt that this lacked in respect for Parliament, and indeed for the function that the official Opposition whip is endeavouring to deliver on behalf of all of us. Therefore, I walked over to encourage the member to come through, and indeed, offered my arm to help him come through the gaggle of MPs standing there impeding his progress down the aisle, and impeding our ability to move forward with this important vote.”

Related: The Trudeau touch: The line from palming babies to shoving MPs


Deb Schulte (Liberal, King–Vaughan), as told to Canadian Press [not pictured]: “What I witnessed was the Prime Minister striding across and coming to the group that was gathered and blocking the way of the Opposition [Whip]. As he strode across, the group moved apart and he reached through and moved the [whip] 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 anyone.”


Angus: “He came over like a freight train. I sort of jumped back. He was really intent on getting there. He’s a very strong guy. I never sort of saw that in him until he came pushing past me. He went from zero to 100. He said to two of my colleagues, ‘get the f–k out of my way!’ You just can’t do that. You can’t do that in a normal workplace. You certainly can’t do that in the House of Commons.”


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**Alexandre Boulerice (NDP, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie): “He looked very, very angry and he pushed some people, grabbed the arm of the whip and pulled him saying stuff like, you know, ‘get the f–k out of my way,’ and when he turned back he hit Ruth Ellen Brosseau and she was shocked and hurt. So he pulled [Brown] to the end of the room.”


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**Tracey Ramsey (NDP, Essex): “He said, ‘Get the bleep out of the way.’ There was some resistance by the whip and on the final pull he elbowed Ruth Ellen Brosseau and knocked her over. Ruth Ellen was clutching her breast and her chest and she had a big red mark on her chest.”

Related: Scott Gilmore on our MPs’ most shameful behaviour


Duncan: “Ruth Ellen was clearly upset. There’s no doubt in my mind that she was completely humiliated by what happened. I could tell just by watching her—she’s a very composed woman, generally speaking. I think any woman would be humiliated. She had to leave to collect herself. Of course, by then, people were shouting.”


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**Ruth Ellen Brosseau (NDP, Berthier–Maskinongé), to the Commons: “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. I just wanted to clarify and make sure it is clear to all members in the House that it did happen.”


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**Marilyn Gladu (CPC, Sarnia–Lambton): “I don’t know what the matter was. He was raging. It was incredible to me. Tom Mulcair was calling across to Justin, ‘You’re pathetic.’ My reaction was, ‘Are you kidding me?’ This is totally unacceptable. I’ve worked in business for over 32 years. If you grab somebody like that, you can be fired. It’s very serious.”


Angus: “The Prime Minister returned to his seat. He was very, very calm, which to me was just as surprising as the anger a moment before.”


Elizabeth May (Green Party, Saanich–Gulf Islands) [not pictured]: “He didn’t realize he’d come into contact with Brosseau until he got back to his own seat, and then someone told him. He turned quickly and looked very distraught, quite mortified by what had happened. [Brosseau] was coming toward me, very teary, and he was coming behind her saying, ‘I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you. I’m so sorry,’ words to that effect. He looked absolutely distraught and mortified.”


Trudeau, to the Commons at 5 p.m. on May 18: “I admit I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm in, including someone behind me who I did not see. I certainly did not intend to offend or impact on anyone. I was simply concerned that, unfortunately, the decorum of this place has been impeded by this kind of prevention of the work that the whips are doing. If anyone feels that they were, um, impacted by my actions, I completely apologize. It is not my intention to hurt anyone. It is my intention to get this vote done.”


Duncan: “Then the Prime Minster dragged Brown away from those who were standing in the chamber—dragged is the word I would use—and he charged back to his seat. All of this was happening rather rapidly. I was watching Ruth Ellen, and then I turn around and all of a sudden the Prime Minister is coming toward where I am again. It’s at that moment that a lot of people became involved. I noticed a lot of the Liberals leaving their seats, cabinet ministers, and getting into the fray. There were very heated words between my leader [Thomas Mulcair] and the Prime Minister.”


Boulerice: “The Prime Minister came back and I think he was trying to say something to Ruth Ellen Brosseau, but she was already in the lobby. This is where there was the altercation between Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair, and some MPs, Liberal and NDP, came in. I saw Nathan Cullen getting between Mr. Mulcair and Trudeau. I was just standing there. If you see the video I was not moving because I was just shocked. What’s going on here? We are not a school for children. It was just, like, really, really strange. Mr. Trudeau looked like he lost completely his temper.”


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**Nathan Cullen (NDP, Skeena–Bulkley Valley): “I only saw the moment where Mr. Mulcair and Trudeau were directly engaged with one another. I was pleasantly chatting with two Liberal cabinet members by their seat. I heard the cursing before I saw anything. It took me a moment to understand what was happening, but clearly tempers were up quickly.”


Gladu: “Then Trudeau and Mulcair got into it. I thought it was going to become a boxing match. The Prime Minister has a precedent in that area. The Prime Minister was so angry. That’s the part of this that’s surprising. He really lost control.”


May: “Brosseau left the chamber and he turned back to go to his own seat, and then he was circled by a bunch of people, including Mr. Mulcair. Things continued to degenerate—it got a bit ugly at that point. But no further unpleasantness ensued.”


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**David Sweet (CPC, Flamborough–Glanbrook), to the Commons: “The Prime Minister is active in martial arts. He is a proven boxer, and that fact he does not hide. In fact, he pretty well promotes his prowess in the martial sport quite actively and publicly. All those people I have known who have been trained in combative sports and martial arts have always made a covenant with themselves, knowing that their capability is greater than the average person to harm someone. They take double restraint and ensure that they do not take any kind of action that would cause harm to someone. It is not only the Prime Minister’s position, but it is by the very fact that he is trained in these martial arts, he has a double duty to be responsible for the kind of strength that he wields. This should have been known by the Prime Minister and should be one of his highest commitments to himself.”


Gladu: “That whole time [after Trudeau made his first apology] the Prime Minister and their House leader, Dominic LeBlanc, were talking back and forth. It was clear that the House leader was telling the Prime Minister that ‘You’re in trouble here. You better apologize.’ He was a lot more contrite the second time. But it was too little, too late.”


Trudeau, to the Commons, at 5:17 p.m. on May 18: “I want to take the opportunity now that the member is okay to return to the House right now to be able to express directly to her my apologies for my behaviour and my actions. Unreservedly. The fact is that in this situation I noticed that the opposite member whip was being impeded in his progress. I took it upon myself to go and assist him forward, which I now see was unadvisable as a course of action, and it resulted in physical contact in this House that we can all accept was unacceptable. I apologize for that unreservedly. 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.”

Related: Liberals withdraw controversial Motion No. 6


Ramsey: “Initially my concern was for Ruth Ellen. As soon as the vote was completed we went out into the lobby and I saw her and we hugged. And she really composed herself and I think it’s worth noting how the Prime Minister’s aggression was in complete opposition to Ruth Ellen’s composure and grace when she came back into the House and made her statement. We’ve been emailing back and forth. She’s been doing fine and she’s been doing well. She was thanking all of us for staying in the House.”


Note: Maclean’s reached out to many Liberal MPs, whose seats afforded them a view of some portion of the confrontations, or who could be seen in footage participating. They either declined to be interviewed, said they had seen nothing of significance or did not respond.

—By Meagan Campbell,  Jonathon Gatehouse, Charlie Gillis, Aaron Hutchins, Martin Patriquin, Shannon Proudfoot and Zane Schwartz


 

An oral history of Elbowgate

  1. What a steaming pile! These people should not be allowed to discuss any serious matter. Linda Duncan says “It’s not like this was a concerted, agreed-upon thing.” – one might more likely say this about the Blue Bomber’s D-line. Tracey Ramsey says “on the final pull he elbowed Ruth Ellen Brosseau and knocked her over” – sadly the frames where Brosseau falls to the floor have been deleted. David Sweet … doesn’t bear repeating: obviously a student of the Carignan school of bloviation. Marilyn Gladu: “Then Trudeau and Mulcair got into it. I thought it was going to become a boxing match.” – particularly as Mulcair raises his hand towards the PM 4 times. Gladu: “the Prime Minister and their House leader, Dominic LeBlanc, were talking back and forth. It was clear that the House leader was telling the Prime Minister that ‘You’re in trouble here. You better apologize.’” – why stick to what you heard when you have a good imagination? Most disappointing: Charlie Angus (usually presenting as a conscious) “You need to put this in context of a day” making an excuse for un-parliamentary behavior and inadvertently contradicting fellow MP Duncan. Ruth Ellen Brosseau “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.” – omitting the fact that she was turned to the benches when ‘talking to some colleagues’ leaving a gap in the D-line through which Mr Trudeau reached then turning towards the PM and being contacted then apparently smiling before turning away in great distress and also omitting the consultation with Mr Mulcair that preceded her departure; such a heinous crime demands the evidence of a medical examination.

    • Sorry, but the splendour of the emperor may be nakedness, as it bears pointing out the way MP Brosseau’s feet were planted before the elbow? In such a context, I don’t see the hyperbole nor the pearl-clutching in all the other MPs statements chosen here, at least compared to what seems to be glaring omissions in PM Trudeau and MP Brosseau’s statements.

  2. This was disgraceful. Apologies are meaningless. Justine should be kicked out of parliament for his disgraceful actions. Some of the others are not much better as Gerald says.

  3. Brosseau took a dive so anguished and theatrical she would have made a Brazilian football player blush.

    • She’s a former bouncer so has seen what happens when people deliberately block other and engage === probably hundreds of times. Watch the video — Mulcair talks with her and sends her out of the House. She stomps out like a football player.

  4. I’m already sick and tired of hearing about ‘elbowgate’

  5. Elizabeth May has stated publicly that she was invited to participate in blocking the Whip beforehand and declined. So we know it was a deliberate ploy to irritate the Liberals and stall the vote. So when the NDP female MP Brosseau told the House that she was chatting with colleagues and was elbowed she was misleading the House. She was participating in a group stunt to delay a vote not just chatting with colleagues. Why do Canadians provide a House of Commons with a centre aisle to our federal legislators? So that they can get in and out and so that they can move around to communicate when doing the business of the federal government. We don’t let them use it to pull stunts. All of the stunt players should be publicly reprimanded for abusing the privilege of using the House aisle. The NDP female Brosseau should be publicly reprimanded for misleading the House about her purpose for being in the aisle. Trudeau should be publicly reprimanded for crossing the aisle and touching the WHIP and for swearing. Mulcair should be publicly reprimanded for organizing the stunt and for tolerating his MP misleading the House

    • “Misleading” would be an overreach, on the same degree to which Trudeau overreached in reaction to what can be easily perceived to be obstruction in the aisles.

      And “Get the f— out of my way”? Does that mean that I “should” get out of your way?

      • You Libs have real trouble accepting that what an angry, narcissistic P.M. did was very wrong.
        I’m not talking about the inadvertent elbow, I’m talking about crossing the floor-a no no; grabbing someone-a no no; using foul language-pathetic; and not understanding the process-also pathetic. The Tory whip did not have to be seated for the vote to begin-a fact Trudeau didn’t know. If Harper had ever done such a thing you’d be calling for his resignation. But Harper always was and always will be much smarter and more gentlemanly than Trudeau Junior.

        • Jerome good post. The LIBERALS have a problem with truths and raise holy hell about everything. TruDOPE Trudashian is a nobody, he is a child, and the Moron RAISED holy hell also about Duffy, etc and the PC’S under investigation. When the actor, snowboarder, pothead (and worse drugs), guide in the bush in B.C., Drama teacher and best of all a narcissistic peon, had three (count em..three) businesses (insert laughter) that all ran as NON profit/NOT for profit and was listed on the Charities Directorate at the CRA – where the Golden child (cough cough of fuddle duddle) had his family members listed as Directors. When the Auditor General said they wanted to DELVE INTO ALL MP books, the Scammer/Rammer TruDOPE Trudashian THEN AND ONLY THEN after deciding to RUN FOR PM came forward with his indiscretions OF BILLING THE TAXPAYERS FOR HIS ALREADY NON PROFIT/NOT FOR PROFIT CHARITIES…. ONLY because he was going to run against Harper… guess he felt COMING clean ONLY when he decided to run GOD looked down upon the Golden Boy (child) and said yes you go out campaigning and damn the Conservatives all the while KEEP YOUR HOUSE AND LIES clean! Pathetic that this pos is our PM. That’s right Trudeau come after small businesses saying they run as Corporations and hide their family as directors…maybe a little BUSINESS SCHOOLING WOULD TEACH you about that MORON! YOU however Trudashian, ran your THREE businesses an as CHARITIES NON PROFIT/NOT FOR PROFIT and billed the TAXPAYERS OF CANADA FOR WHAT AGAIN? Oh that’s right speaking engagements billed to us TAXPAYERS, all the while lining your and your families pockets…so you and the likes of all your Pals, Butts, Susuki, Green Partners, Climate bullchit Partners, Kathleen Wynne, etc. etc. are the biggest scammers!

          By the way TRUDASHIAN as someone who watches Politics closely and knowing the ins and outs of the Charities Directorate and being able to PULL UP THE financials….you are a FRAUD! Resign….and go back to making your boxing bullchit movies that suck so bad! You quit your continued education because you couldn’t handle it as the elevator never leaves the lobby!

          You are who your friends are also…your list sucks so badly. Gomeshi, Susuki, Butts, WynneGATE and a list of 1000 more!

          • People, do you not see the principles being violated with this insistent call for this so-called “inadvertant” elbow? It may not be pre-meditated, but surely you’re not saying it was involuntary? It isn’t a hockey arena in the House of Commons — surely, you are not going to swallow the Kerry Fraser jest-piece hook, line, and sinker? Do you not see the gravity of the attacks against MP Brosseau? Yet for all the people denouncing those attacks, not one has come out on that weasel of an apology, which I propose to you is the root for them. “I did not see” — ah, but how could he not have felt there was someone there (irregardless of body type). And “accidental” — did he mean accidently too much force, or accidently while pulling Gord Brown? Try googling for a sample of dirty elbows.

            Principles, people.

        • Ummm – Trudeau himself said it was wrong. And most people agree with him.

          So, no.

          • Did he apologize for his language, “Get the fuck out of the way?” No. He said he was trying to help the whip to his sit and inadvertently hit someone. It was a 30 second delay. The speaker could have called the session to order. The vote could have started with the group there. Trudeau did his cowboy routine. It is hard to call what he did “inadvertent” when you add the command, “get the fuck out of the way”…..you have legal experience…that reeks of aggressive intent.

          • Yada yada yada

            Got anything new? Because last I heard Trudeau apologized unreservedly and accepted full responsibility. The country has forgiven him and moved on. Feel free to join us.

  6. Good for Trudeau, a man of action when needed, as it appears to have been at that moment. Any elbowing was purely incidental.

    The USA’s Trump and Canada’s Trudeau share this inclination toward action – again good for Trudeau, and good for Trump too.

    • “incidental” — finally, an understatement.

      • Love it! Trump and Trudeau are just alike. They are two cowboys…very manly….treat women how they

      • Love it! Trump and Trudeau are just alike. They are two cowboys…very manly….treat women how they

        • need to be…..elbow them in the breast and tell them to get the fuck out of the way.

  7. Elizabeth May is the most credible non-Liberal witness.

    The histrionic angst of others about “being elbowed” by someone who knows a bit of martial arts is pure theatre. The descriptions of the offended MP suggest it was a full-on assault singling out a woman on the basis of gender. I hope she never stands in a crowded bus or takes the subway at rush hour! The stop-to-stop litigation would bankrupt the nation.

    • Oh? Are dirty elbows a common occurence in a crowded bus or the subway at rush hour? Then, yes, the culture underlying such a nation should rightly lead to bankruptcy.

      He may not have singled out a woman, but in the heat of passion, he did hit a woman. That is what has been described. Your extrapolation is histrionic.

      • Get over it…like the last election that your sides lost! I first heard about this event on the radio driving in my car. Unfortunately, the media account really sensationalized it, making it sound far different than the reality. The radio’s reports from the House essentially left the impression that Trudeau’s elbow was deliberate! I was gobsmacked! But that characterization turned out to be a pantload! Later, when I finally saw the event unfold on TV, it was clear the PM’s elbow was ENTIRELY inadvertent! Talk about a tempest in a teapot! Instead of deflecting attention away from the bill that was about to be voted on, the NDP (and Cons) should stop playing childish games that were intended to delay this important vote on the Assisted Dying bill. Smarten up opposition! There are real Canadians who are suffering terribly and they need this bill to pass to be able to end their lives of pain on their own terms. So for their sakes, stop playing politics and ramping up your stupid histrionics on this important issue, Mulcair, Brosseau, Van Loon et al! Furthermore, the PM’s apology was entirely sincere…but really, nothing Mr. Trudeau consequently said would ever change the mind of those whose thinly-veiled intent was weighted more towards tarnishing the PM’s high approval rating. Elizabeth May’s version of events was easily the most realistic and balanced view. Kudos to Ms. May for being a straight-shooter, not a BS-er!

      • Not only did some of our nation’s press sensationalize the event, but your comment “He may not have singled out a woman, but in the heat of passion, he did hit a woman. That is what HAS BEEN DESCRIBED.” was just as foul and misleading! Geez, you’d make a lousy reporter, SWSC! Why not describe it more like it actually happened, eh!? I mean, never mind the biased ‘descriptions’ did you NOT SEE the video? The PM INADVERTENTLY backed into the woman (Brosseau) who was standing right behind him as part of crowd of NDPers who intentionally gathered to delay the important vote on Assisted Dying! The PM DID NOT HIT a woman! Without the context and the video, someone reading your intentionally-misleading comment would believe there was intent on the PM’s part that just wasn’t there; it implies the PM saw the woman and being emotionally stirred up, struck her!! What the!? I can only shake my head at your transparent partisan take on it. Does the truth mean nothing to you?!

        Typical histrionics from those of you still smarting from your party’s loss in the last election; for Trudeau not being the inept leader you all supposed he would prove to be; and, I’m certain, also your especial annoyance that our PM’s approval rating remains so high not only here but also out in the world. Get over it!

        • My apologies, and I appreciate the opportunity to clarify. And in the heat of passion, I use the term “histrionics” in my previous post also — it was not charitable to desire revenge. “Histrionics” was also a term new to me today from the post I was replying to. So please edit my previous reply to “Your extrapolation is an unfounded extrapolation.”

          To clarify, “That” refers to only “he hit a woman” in my comment to which you replied. The “offended MP” from the post I replied to, I took to mean MP Brosseau. She only said she got hit. I am maintaining that it was a voluntary act, albeit in the heat of passion. What attackers of Brosseau believe is that she dived from an accidental hit that should feel merely as a bump.

          Actually, I’m smarting more than anything else on the fact that I cannot bring myself to click any article that has Trudeau’s face on it, because the place where her feet were in the timing of the video brings me to that certain belief. Anyway, if I strongly allied myself to any particular party, it’s probably unlikely that I feel compelled to point out this fact of the feet, cause it’s about the MP Brosseau as an individual, not the fact that she’s NDP.

        • OK. That was not charitable and also sly. Let’s just say I am still an undecided in terms of party affiliations. There.

          • “That” refers to the last paragraph of my 11:18 PM post. Thank you.

    • I think getting elbowed while being told to get the fuck out of the way by the head of the country i

      • is quite degrading especially when he does smiling selfies with everyone else.

  8. The opposition now knows what button to push to put this annoying, pompous, arrogant, entitled, unqualified, spoiled little twerp off. It will happen again, he’s undisciplined, like a bully in a school yard. This will be his downfall.

    • Yippee LesPaul…now the nimrods in the House know how to push the PM’s button! Wheee! That’s apparently the only important take-away from this whole unfortunate incident to boobs like you! Well guess what! – it’s not a bloody hockey game, it was a vote on a very serious matter that was effectively being delayed by the opposition’s childish tactics! But like so many of the commentors I’ve read here, that focus on the Assisted Dying Bill got mindlessly shifted off-focus into characterizing an accidental contact by the PM into something it evidently wasn’t. The opposition’s intention is clearly not to deal with this important bill as much as it is to denigrate the PM. I’m sure it galls you that the PM has handled himself both here and on the world’s stage quite impressively. Get used to it.

      • You Trudeau supporters are missing all the other wrongs he did. He strutted across the floor
        like an arrogant peacock into House of Commons territory out of bounds to him; yelled profanities and grabbed an MP against his will. And yes he hit a woman in the chest while doing these unprecedented, foolish things, While some see some NDP members who were causing a blockage as childish, the real childish event was the draconian Bill 6 the man child was trying to pass to remove all negotiating venues for the opposition. As an aside, my stomach churns when you Liberals tout all of the committees he has and is convening. Everyone of them has the majority of its members who are Liberals so they are meaningless and nothing but window dressing!!

      • Butts will ensure he takes a few hoots before stepping into the HOC to keep him mellow.

        • Too bad Trudeau doesn’t have a better man than Butts running the show. Butts was instrumental in helping Wynne develop all of her costly nonsense and deceit.

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