Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized after an eyebrow raising “altercation” in the House of Commons this afternoon.
But opposition MPs are accusing the PM of “manhandling” another member on the Commons floor by throwing an elbow just before a vote.
Cameras were rolling as the PM marched briskly into a crowd of MPs in the aisle between government and opposition benches, and physically escorted the Opposition whip Gord Brown back to his seat, colliding with NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau on the way.
Trudeau later rose in the House to offer an apology.
“If anyone feels that they were impacted by my actions I completely apologize, it was not my intention to hurt anyone.”
But New Westminster Burnaby NDP MP Peter Julian says he’s never seen anything like it in his 12 years in the house.
“He just didn’t seem in control at all.”
Julian says he couldn’t see if Trudeau intentionally elbowed Brosseau, but says she missed the scheduled vote. And he says the PM’s actions towards Brown were beyond the pale.
“He didn’t touch him, he dragged him. And you can understand, I mean all of us in high school have seen bullies push or drag somebody else. You know that that’s inappropriate. Adults don’t act like that because we know it’s completely inappropriate behaviour.”
Julian calls Trudeau’s apology “half-hearted,” and says the Prime Minister will face a grilling on breach of privilege before a Commons committee.
Trudeau later made a second apology for the incident, saying he hopes it doesn’t overshadow the importance of the Komagata Maru apology earlier in the day.