This week has been pretty pozzed for Canadian politics. First, the Liberal government announced that they are going to make it a violation of human rights to point out that transgender and transsexual individuals are not simply whatever they claim to be; then on the 18th Trudeau made a formal apology over an incident which was unworthy of such an apology. However, that same day something magical happened: Trudeau got himself into a bit of hot water.
On May 18th during a vote on the Liberal governments new mercy killing (or if you prefer, assisted-dying) bill Trudeau became upset with members of the opposition parties,
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 toward his seat. While doing so, he encountered Brosseau, who was also standing in the aisle and was seen physically reacting after the contact.
“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 released later. “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,” Brown added.
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.
NDP MP Tracey Ramsey said the prime minister swore as he approached Brown and the opposition benches. “He said ‘Get the bleep out of the way,'” she said, adding Trudeau “violently” grabbed Brown.
It gets even better,
After the incident, the prime minister again crossed the floor and engaged in a loud and heated conversation with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
“What kind of man elbows a woman? It’s pathetic! You’re pathetic!” Mulcair can be heard on tape shouting at Trudeau.
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.
‘Elbowgate’ may seem like a rather trivial event but already it has had a great enough impact to force the Liberals to drop – at least for now – their controversial motion 6 which would have given them greater control over what the opposition can and cannot do.
The so-called Conservative party was quick to accuse of Trudeau of being the real sexist in typical conservatism inc. style and of course the left has ignored them. However, the elbowing incident has caused something of a stir amongst the left. Many are of course playing down Trudeau’s actions and saying everything is being blown out of proportion – which in many ways is correct; hardly as if he got into a fist fight.
Brosseau has come under fire from fellow feminists for playing up the incident. How delicious! Once again the whole world is witness to the selective outrage of feminists – if Trump had elbowed a woman we would be hearing constant shrill cries of outrage. Indeed, there was a bit of an outrage when security agent Corey Lewandowski simply moved reporter Michelle Fields away from Trump (supposedly this was a case of assault but the evidence proved otherwise. Moreover, we became witness to how much of a cheat and liar Fields and her boyfriend Jamie Weinstein, not to mention the media establishment in general, are).
Something of a rift has developed in the left and any rifts with them is absolutely wonderful. Hopefully the Trudeau premiership will see more of them open! Of course one shouldn’t overstate what has happened. Sure more people now see that Trudeau isn’t some angelic, peaceful or benevolent being but it won’t be enough to turn the progressive tide.
With any luck ‘elbowgate’ will be used as leverage by the NDP to get Trudeau to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal (then again maybe not;Trudeau’s internationalist credentials are maybe far to impeccable for that) but we won’t see any outcries from the left or even the right about the absurdly high immigration levels or about Trudeau and his haughty wife’s recent behaviour prior to the 18th. Trudeau said yes to another CAD 785 million in useless foreign aid and his unappealing spouse has suggested that more taxes be raised in order to give her a larger staff despite the fact the,
Prime Minister’s spouse does not an official title and role, the way the spouse of the American President does. There is a very good reason for that. The Americans, in electing the head of their republic, choose the person who will be both head of state and head of government. In Canada, as in all the parliamentary monarchies of the Commonwealth, the Queen is the head of state, and the Prime Minister is merely the head of the government, a fact which the Trudeaus need to be reminded of.
‘Elbowgate’ is not the great event that leads to a major volte face in Canadian politics but it is making Trudeau squirm, which is great to see, and it has set the Liberals and NDP at each others throats with such gusto not seen since before the Harper years.