Canadian PM Trudeau Physically Assaults Female MP on Parliament Floor

 

Justin-Trudeau-FeministWednesday afternoon, self-described feminist and progressive hero Justin Trudeau was caught on camera grabbing an opposition whip on the wrist and elbowing a female legislator in her chest. All on the floor of Canada’s House of Commons. You can see the incident at about the 50-second mark of this video.

The CBC reports:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of “manhandling” Opposition Whip Gord Brown and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the House of Commons as MPs gathered for a vote on the government’s assisted-dying bill Wednesday afternoon.

In video from the House, Trudeau is seen walking toward Brown in a crowd of MPs in the Commons’ aisle, taking his arm in an apparent effort to move Brown towards his seat.

MPs were just about to vote on time allocation for bill C-14, the government’s physician-assisted dying legislation.

The prime minister later said he felt Brown was talking too slowly ahead of the vote.

The prime minister then crossed the floor and engaged in a loud and apparently heated conversation with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

NDP House Leader Peter Julian accused Trudeau of “manhandling” Brown, as MPs on all sides of the House shouted and Speaker Geoff Regan struggled to regain order in the House.

An emotional Brosseau said later in the House that she had been “elbowed in the chest by the prime minister,” bringing Trudeau to his feet once again to “apologize unreservedly.”

Brosseau said she was so upset from the incident that she had to leave the chamber, subsequently missing the vote.

A colleague of Brosseau’s, MP Nikki Ashton, didn’t exactly accept the apology.

“I am ashamed to be a witness to the person who holds the highest position in our country do such an act,” she said. “I want to say that for all of us who witnessed this, this was deeply traumatic, what I will say, if we apply a gendered lens, it is very important that young women in this space feel safe to come here and work here. He made us feel unsafe and we’re deeply troubled by the conduct of the prime minister of this country.”

That’s the third-wave feminist version of high crimes and misdemeanors. Viewing the video, the incident is more Corey Lewandowski than Taiwan Parliament, but it might take the shine off of global progressives’ favorite new leader.

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    MLH

    [x] beat you to it, on the Member feed.

    Editor’s Note: That post was marked not to be promoted and the author requested they not be named on the main feed.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 4:38 PM PDT
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    The Left: scratch the surface, expose thugs. That was just thuggish behavior, anyway you slice it.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 4:45 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: The prime minister later said he felt Brown was talking too slowly ahead of the vote.

    Bob & Ray live!

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    • May 18, 2016, at 4:48 PM PDT
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  4. Inactive

    Now you’re just toying with me.

    • #4
    • May 18, 2016, at 4:57 PM PDT
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  5. Coolidge

    He didn’t do it on purpose. It looks as though he didn’t even realize what happened. Assault? Really? Now, if this were a college campus, call in the National Guard and the DoJ.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:03 PM PDT
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    MLH:[x] beat you to it, on the Member feed.

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    They have the trump blueprint to follow….

    Western Chauvinist:The Left: scratch the surface, expose thugs. That was just thuggish behavior, anyway you slice it.

    At least they have the trump blue print to follow… Deny it took place, when video comes out claim she deserved it, attack her character, and finally threaten to sue her. should work out just fine….

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:08 PM PDT
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  7. Member

    Wow! I was watching Parliament Night in Canada and a Trump Rally broke out.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:09 PM PDT
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  8. Inactive

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: …. progressive hero Justin Trudeau was just caught on camera grabbing an opposition whip on the wrist and elbowing a female legislator in her chest.

    “When whips are outlawed, only progressive politicians will have whips.”

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:11 PM PDT
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  9. Member

    I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau—at all—but the sensationalist and grossly exaggerated headline emphasizes the hypocrisy and low standards on the Ricochet main feed…and by a Ricochet editor to boot. I guess this is another example of the highly vaunted #NeverTrump principles on display. Disgusting.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:12 PM PDT
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  10. Member

    A real fight…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50XRz65GKwE

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:13 PM PDT
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  11. Contributor

    Are they serious? I’ve looked at the video three times and he just bumped into a couple of people and led one off. Hello?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:14 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Black Prince:I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau—at all—but the sensationalist and grossly exaggerated headline emphasizes hypocrisy and low standards on the Ricochet main feed…and by a Ricochet editor to boot. I guess this is another example of the highly vaunted #NeverTrump principles on display. Disgusting.

    More like #NeverTrudeau. I’m highlighting hypocrisy by applying the progressives’ rules to progressives, as taught by Andrew Breitbart. If Stephen Harper had done this, they would be demanding jail time.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:22 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Black Prince:I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau—at all—but the sensationalist and grossly exaggerated headline emphasizes hypocrisy and low standards on the Ricochet main feed…and by a Ricochet editor to boot. I guess this is another example of the highly vaunted #NeverTrump principles on display. Disgusting.

    More like #NeverTrudeau. I’m merely applying the progressives’ rules against progressives, as taught by Andrew Breitbart. If Stephen Harper had done this, they would be demanding jail time.

    But what about the truth?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:24 PM PDT
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    Okay, everybody needs to take a deep breath. There is a lot of humor to be mined here. Yes the Trudeau incident is not a pivotal moment in the history of assault. Yes, the Trudeau incident is not an apt comparison to Cory Lewandowski but give me a break if you can’t see any humor in this, well let me put it this way I will bend my knee to the Donald when he can walk on water. When he does post the video on You Tube.

    Remember we laugh because we can.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:26 PM PDT
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    Susan Quinn:Are they serious? I’ve looked at the video three times and he just bumped into a couple of people and led one off. Hello?

    No, picture it this way — Barack Obama storms onto the floor of the House, grabs Paul Ryan by the wrist to “coax” him to his place for the vote, and in the process, elbows Martha McSally in the chest — hard enough that she recoils and (very visibly) says, “Ow!”

    It’s unseemly, at best. I think it’s a display of a man carried away by his temper and his newly acquired power. He’s a thug.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:26 PM PDT
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    Susan Quinn:Are they serious? I’ve looked at the video three times and he just bumped into a couple of people and led one off. Hello?

    Look for the woman in the pony tail standing by the wood railing. It’s mostly reaction from her, but he definitely elbows her.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:28 PM PDT
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    I was hoping somebody would pick up that gold club thing and start swinging.

    Trudeau? Yes, technically it’s assault, but more importantly it’s a breach of decorum. When you’ve got those guys up front who got all dressed up in their robes and funny bib things, the least you can do is act like a grown up.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:34 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Black Prince:

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Black Prince:I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau—at all—but the sensationalist and grossly exaggerated headline emphasizes hypocrisy and low standards on the Ricochet main feed…and by a Ricochet editor to boot. I guess this is another example of the highly vaunted #NeverTrump principles on display. Disgusting.

    More like #NeverTrudeau. I’m merely applying the progressives’ rules against progressives, as taught by Andrew Breitbart. If Stephen Harper had done this, they would be demanding jail time.

    But what about the truth?

    I included a large portion of the news report from the left-leaning CBC and the full video so viewers could decide for themselves. As with the Lewandowski incident, assault is assault – punches don’t need to be thrown to qualify as assault.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:34 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Jamal Rudert: I was hoping somebody would pick up that gold club thing and start swinging.

    I wonder if women MPs can start carrying mace, but I guess they already have a big one right there.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:35 PM PDT
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    Jamal Rudert:

    Susan Quinn:Are they serious? I’ve looked at the video three times and he just bumped into a couple of people and led one off. Hello?

    Look for the woman in the pony tail standing by the wood railing. It’s mostly reaction from her, but he definitely elbows her.

    I agree…it’s hard to see exactly how it happened, but to my eyes it didn’t seem to be done on purpose—he probably wasn’t aware of who was behind him and accidentally elbowed the lady while stepping back and turning…I’ve done this many times. Question to lawyers: Does “physical assault” require intent?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:38 PM PDT
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Black Prince:

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Black Prince:I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau—at all—but the sensationalist and grossly exaggerated headline emphasizes hypocrisy and low standards on the Ricochet main feed…and by a Ricochet editor to boot. I guess this is another example of the highly vaunted #NeverTrump principles on display. Disgusting.

    More like #NeverTrudeau. I’m merely applying the progressives’ rules against progressives, as taught by Andrew Breitbart. If Stephen Harper had done this, they would be demanding jail time.

    But what about the truth?

    I included a large portion of the news report from the left-leaning CBC and the full video so viewers could decide for themselves. As with the Lewandowski incident, assault is assault – punches don’t need to be thrown to qualify as assault.

    If that’s the case, wouldn’t the headline “Canadian PM Trudeau Elbows Female MP on Parliament Floor” be more appropriate?

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:44 PM PDT
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    Jamal Rudert: funny bib things

    Bands.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:44 PM PDT
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    Perhaps, “Canadian PM batters woman.”

    From Wikipedia

    In criminal and civil law, assault is an attempt to initiate harmful or offensive contact with a person, or a threat to do so.[1] It is distinct from battery, which refers to the actual achievement of such contact.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:49 PM PDT
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    Arahant:Perhaps, “Canadian PM batters woman.”

    Here we go again….

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:55 PM PDT
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    If this is the accepted definition of assault, it seems to me far too broad. Especially in this, our overly legalistic age.

    Perhaps it was acceptable in the days when “no blood, no report” was the MO of the world, but today?

    Specifically, “initiate harmful or offensive contact, or a threat to do so.” should not cover what is seen in that video.

    Though that is entirely aside from the correct point that it is indecorous behavior for a PM to be dragging opposing whip about the floor, rather than saying something like “if the honorable member would get his rear in gear, we are trying to have a vote here!”

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:56 PM PDT
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    Sabrdance:If this is the accepted definition of assault, it seems to me far too broad. Especially in this, our overly legalistic age.

    Perhaps it was acceptable in the days when “no blood, no report” was the MO of the world, but today?

    Specifically, “initiate harmful or offensive contact, or a threat to do so.” should not cover what is seen in that video.

    Though that is entirely aside from the correct point that it is indecorous behavior for a PM to be dragging opposing whip about the floor, rather than saying something like “if the honorable member would get his rear in gear, we are trying to have a vote here!”

    You do realize that broad is a micro-aggression.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 5:58 PM PDT
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    It does appear that Trudeau ran into the woman accidentally… he seems to have a habit of getting angry and flouncing off, and this time ran into someone mid-flounce. Less excusable is his childishness and lack of propriety- grabbing Tory whip Gordon Brown’s arm to try to force him to move along. Still more childish is his attempt to excuse his behaviour by saying he was trying to “help” Mr. Brown to his seat, as though he were a little old lady instead of a former kayaking champion and hockey player. Of course, Trudeau is no stranger to immature outbursts and theatrical apologies; here’s one from what I term his “D’Artagnan” stage:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ2FmGOU4tE

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    • May 18, 2016, at 6:01 PM PDT
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    His contact with the woman was an accidental bumping. Assault and/or battery requires intent, which was clearly absent in his contact with her.

    The whip has a better case, but even there the contact was so incidental as to fail to rise to the level of a cognizable injury, in my opinion.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 6:02 PM PDT
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    Tobermory:It does appear that Trudeau ran into the woman accidentally… he seems to have a habit of getting angry and flouncing off, and this time ran into someone mid-flounce. Less excusable is his childishness and lack of propriety- grabbing Tory whip Gordon Brown’s arm to try to force him to move along. Still more childish is his attempt to excuse his behaviour by saying he was trying to “help” Mr. Brown to his seat, as though he were a little old lady instead of a former kayaking champion and hockey player. Of course, Trudeau is no stranger to immature outbursts and theatrical apologies; here’s one from what I term his “D’Artagnan” stage:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ2FmGOU4tE

    Seems he apologizes “unreservedly” a lot. Bless his little heart.

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    • May 18, 2016, at 6:05 PM PDT
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    Jamal Rudert: When you’ve got those guys up front who got all dressed up in their robes and funny bib things, the least you can do is act like a grown up.

    When you’ve got guys wearing robes and funny bib things you’ve already lost the grownup battle.

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