Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday after he got into an altercation on the floor of the House of Commons and elbowed a female lawmaker.
During a heated debate over assisted suicide, Trudeau became irritated when a group of opposition party MPs took their time in returning to their seats. He responded by running over and grabbing Conservative member Gord Brown and physically dragging him to his seat. In order to get to Brown, Trudeau elbowed his way past a circle of New Democrats including female member Ruth Ellen Brosseau who reacted in pain.
“It was very overwhelming and so I left the chamber to go and sit in the lobby,” Brosseau later told the House. “I missed the vote because of this.”
Trudeau was immediately criticized by both opposition parties for the elbowing and other confrontational actions he took during the vote. Physical contact itself is virtually unheard of in the Canadian parliament, but Trudeau also got in a face-to-face screaming match with the leader of the New Democrats that nearly came to blows.
“I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm,” Trudeau later said. “I did not intend to offend or impact on anyone. I apologize for that unreservedly.”
Watch above, via The New York Times.
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