Video here clearly shows PM Trudeau grabbing Oppo Whip and harshly elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau pic.twitter.com/e8haClmWFq— James Smith (@JsrSmith) May 18, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under fire this week for allegedly getting physical with opposition lawmakers.
It happened when the House of Commons was preparing to start voting on the government’s assisted-dying bill and Conservative Whip Gord Brown made no effort to take his seat, thereby delaying the vote. An irritated Trudeau then walked up toward Brown, according to reports, wading through a crowd of mostly opposition members from the New Democratic Party.
As the Canadian PM took Brown’s arm, in an apparent attempt to take him toward his assigned seat, he elbowed an NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
This, predictably, set off a scorching round of criticism both online and offline.
"I was trying to start the vote; the prime minister grabbed my arm. I immediately told the prime minister to let go of me — now," Brown said in a statement. "Immediately afterward, the prime minister went back down the aisle of the House to confront other members of opposition parties."
“I later told the prime minister he should NOT have gotten out of his seat," he added.
Ruth-Ellen Brasseau "I was elbowed in the chest by the Prime Minister."— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) May 18, 2016
"Outside, people would call what happened here assault," says Niki Ashton.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) May 18, 2016
As lawmakers later debated on whether the elbowing was intentional or accidental, Trudeau released an apology, saying he thought Brown was being impeded.
"I took it upon myself to go and assist him forward, which was I now see unadvisable as a course of action," said Trudeau. "I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends."
Meanwhile, Twitter did what it does best by creating the hashtag #elbowgate.
Everyone acted childishly today but to claim he molested that woman is a slap in the face to individuals who are truly abused #elbowgate— Katie Taylor (@KTaylorYEG) May 19, 2016
The REALLY disturbing part is when Trudo argues with Mulcair a throng of Lib MPs cross over like thugs about to start a gang war! #elbowgate— Richard Lauder (@Kauwhaka) May 19, 2016
Already bored with #ElbowGate— Jane (@janewordsmith) May 19, 2016
All of you politicians behaved badly. ALL of you.
There are good ppl out of work & you act like this.