WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes three times for incident Wednesday in the House of Commons
It’s now dubbed, “Elbowgate”.
That’s the fallout from an incident involving the Prime Minister Wednesday in the House of Commons last night.
The uproar doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks across the floor of the House of Commons to rescue Conservative Whip Gord Brown, blocked by NDP MP’s.
But then the elbow to NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau grimacing in pain.
With the house in an uproar, NDP leader Tom Mulcair explodes at Trudeau, yelling, “what kind of man elbows a woman!”.
Shortly after the prime minister apologized.
“I did not intend to offend or impact on anyone.”
With the uproar building, he apologized again today.
“I made physical contact with the member for Berthier-Maskinongé.
Something I regret profoundly, and apologize unreservedly, and should absolutely not have happened.”
But not much forgiveness from the Opposition.
“I’ve seen nothing, nothing like we saw last night.”
While Green Party Leader Elizabeth says Trudeau never intended to elbow Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
It was accident.”
Parliamentary scuffles are not new.
Known as a rough and tumble guy, former prime minister Jean Chretien famously shoved a protestor who got too close.
Other parliaments around the world take disagreements to an ugly level.
But scenes like this wouldn’t happen in Victoria according to BC NDP House Leader Mike Farnworth.
“I remember days when absolutely would get done.
It was just extremely bitter and nasty.
I’d say that things have improved, they’ve improved quite a bit.”
And the Deputy Premier Rich Coleman says the raucous days are behind the provincial legislature.
“Man, you guys should have been here in the 90’s.
No, it was.
The first five years that I was here, it was more raucous than anytime I’ve been here since.”
Trudeau is not out of the woods yet.
An All Party Committee will look at his behavior and decide if he should be punished.