Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has addressed the House of Commons after Wednesday’s dust-up in the parliamentary chamber.
Trudeau touched off a firestorm Wednesday in the House when he pulled Conservative whip Gord Brown through a clutch of New Democrat MPs to hurry up a vote related to doctor-assisted dying.
NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest and that she was forced to leave the House of Commons and miss the vote as a result.
Trudeau apologized Wednesday, calling the encounter an accident.
Speaker Geoff Regan concluded there was a prima facie case that Brosseau’s privileges as an MP had been breached, which means the encounter will be examined by an all-party committee.
The fallout after the scuffle in the House of Commons yesterday continues, with Opposition leader Rona Ambrose calling the prime minister’s conduct unbecoming of a leader.
Ambrose says she’s never seen anything more disrespectful in her 12 years in the House and says Trudeau’s actions and language were out of line.
Tempers have been running high all week as the government pushes through a motion to limit debate on Bill C-14 — its controversial assisted-dying legislation.