Trouble for Trudeau: Canada’s golden boy Prime Minister forced to apologize after he ELBOWS female opposition lawmaker during physical parliamentary fracas
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was filmed rushing to grab a lawmaker, in the process he elbowed a female opposition lawmaker on Wednesday
- Ruth Ellen Brosseau gasped in pain, said it caused her to miss her vote
- Reports claim Trudeau shouted ‘get the f*** out the way’ during fracas
- Trudeau issued an apology, admits he made contact with multiple people
- Claims he was ‘trying to speed up vote’, said the whip was being impeded
- The Canadian leader and heartthrob is an avid boxer and former bouncer
- Kerfuffle spells possible blow to his image as a modern, feminist leader
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized ‘unreservedly’ for elbowing a female opposition member of Parliament in the chest as he waded through a group of her colleagues.
Ruth Ellen Brosseau said the fracas forced her to miss a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday as she had to leave the chamber.
‘I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming,’ she said. ‘I missed the vote because of this.’
Opposition leaders have slammed the incident as ‘violent’ – branding Trudeau, an avid boxer, ‘un-statesmanlike’.
Reports claim Trudeau shouted ‘get the f*** out the way’ during the dispute.
The kerfuffle spells a possible blow to Trudeau’s image as a modern, feminist leader.
It comes just days after the leader’s wife was criticized for requesting help, as she said she could not juggle the job of being First Lady and being a mother-of-three.
Footage from the House of Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of lawmakers and pulling one through the crowd in order to get the vote started. As Trudeau turns around to pull the lawmaker through, Brosseau can be seen grimacing in pain.
Trudeau, a boxer and former bar bouncer, later stood up in Parliament and said it wasn’t his intention to hurt anyone as he attempted to escort the lawmaker.
Trudeau said he thought the man was being impeded as he walked up the aisle of the chamber and wanted to help him in attempt to speed up the vote.
‘I admit that I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm, including someone behind me whom I did not see. I certainly did not intend to offend or impact on anyone,’ Trudeau said. ‘I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends.’
Opposition New Democrat lawmaker Peter Julian called it a ‘pretty violent push’ and said he had never seen such behavior in his 12 years in Parliament.
‘Physical force in this House is never permitted,’ he said. Opposition Conservative Andrew Scheer said he was sitting across from Trudeau and said it was clear he lost his temper.
‘He was motivated by anger and lost his temper,’ said Scheer, who added it was ‘very unstatesmanlike.’
Opposition New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair later screamed at Trudeau ‘What kind of man elbows a woman!?’ in the chamber before Trudeau’s cabinet bench cleared and intervened to make sure things didn’t escalate.
The kerfuffle comes as a possible blow to Trudeau’s image as a modern, feminist leader.
Tempers have been running high as the government pushes through a motion to limit debate on its euthanasia legislation.
Interim opposition Conservative leader Rona Ambrose called the prime minister’s behavior shocking and embarrassing and said Trudeau’s
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