A rare tussle broke out on the Canadian House of Commons floor on Wednesday and right in the middle of the action was none other than golden boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The entire fracas was caught on camera and video footage of the incident, which can be viewed above, showed Trudeau elbowing Ruth Ellen Brosseau, an opposition lawmaker in the chest as he made his way into a gaggle of lawmakers and pulled one away from the group so a vote could begin.
“I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming,” Brosseau said afterward. “I missed the vote because of this.” Another opposing lawmaker described Trudeau’s physical contact as a “pretty violent push” and criticized him for using physical force on the Parliament floor. Others observed that the prime minister had lost his temper and accused him of being “unstatesmanlike.”
Trudeau, who’s proven himself to be quite the statesman during the months that he’s been in office, then turned on the charm and stood before the House and issued a full-throated apology. “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,” Trudeau said. “I certainly did not intend to offend or impact on anyone. I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends.” The House of Commons then erupted in applause as lawmakers showered Trudeau with a standing ovation.
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