" … the Prime Minister was caught in a storm of controversy Wednesday afternoon when frustrations in the House of Commons saw Trudeau grabbing one lawmaker and then, accidentally elbowing another. The altercation occurred when members had gathered for a vote on a controversial assisted-dying bill. Trudeau, impatient to get the vote started, is seen on video striding over to Opposition whip Gordon Brown. He grabs Brown's arm to direct him to his seat. New Democrat Party (NDP) Parliament member Ruth Ellen Brosseau gets elbowed by Trudeau in the process." CNN
"What sort of man would elbow a woman!" Evidently Trudeau is that sort of man, and on the floor of the House of Commons as well. Trudeau became impatient with members not quick enough to do his will and waded into a group of them pushing and shoving a bit. This doesn't sound like the Canada depicted in John Candy's comic masterpiece, "Canadian Bacon."
Seriously, sort of, this is the kind of behavior to be expected in the 3rd World. The last time we had something vaguely like this happen in the US Congress was an incident involving Dick Cheney Senator Leahy. The "F" word was spoken in direct address.
Of course in the 19th Century there were various parliamentary skirmishes like the occasion in which Senator Charles Sumner was beaten nearly to death at his desk in the senate chamber. But then, perhaps he needed a good beating.
Poor Trudeau, he may have overestimated the potential power inherent in his position. His nice wife is meeting resistance in her desire to have a couple more flunkies around the Prime Ministerial Lodge or whatever it is called. How ungenerous! What is it called? pl