The House of Commons can get pretty rowdy sometimes, still you rarely hear about people getting hit.
But Wednesday night, an impatient looking Justin Trudeau was seen grabbing an MP's arm and accidentally elbowing another MP that was standing behind him.
His lack of patience is understandable considering some of the members seemed to be wasting time on purpose and a vote needed to take place as soon as possible.
This is how it happened:
In the House of Commons there are some "rituals" that need to take place. In this case, before the vote, 1 member from the government and one from the opposition (known as "whips") must walk together and bow before taking their seats to announce the house is ready to vote.
But as the two were walking, some members of the NDP appeared to purposely block the path of the conservative whip Gord Brown.
Justin got tired of this nonsense and decided to go get Mr. Brown since he wasn't pushing his way through. He grabbed Mr. Brown by the arm and according to CBC he told the NPD members to get the fuck out of his way.
When he grabbed Mr. Brown's arm he accidentally hit Ruth Ellen Brosseau with his elbow.
Everyone immediately lost their minds because they saw an easy opportunity to criticize the Prime Minister and even make it seem as if he somehow did this on purpose.
There's even a Twitter account for Justin's Elbow:
So what if he was being a little pushy? Have you seen the way everyone is behaving in the video?
They look like a bunch of students in classroom without a teacher to supervise them. If you're being pushy, then you're pushover. And I for one am proud that we have a leader that's willing to get shit done.
Plus this is the most pathetic headline ever. Like something an american movie would say to make fun of Canada:
"In other news, today in Canada someone got accidentally hit, the person immediately apologized."
"Ill-founded and abusive" is how superior court judge Michèle Monast described a Quebec woman's defamation lawsuit against Justin Trudeau. In a decision published on November 29, Monast shot down Diane Blain's case against the prime minister.
The lawsuit followed a 2018 incident at a Liberal party rally in Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Quebec, in which Blain asked Trudeau when he would "give back the 146 million [Quebec] paid" to support what she called Trudeau's "illegal immigrants."
In response, Trudeau told Blain that "this intolerance toward immigrants has no place in Canada, this intolerance toward diversity, you have no place here."
Throughout the event, Blain confronted him and asked several times if he was "tolerant of the Québécois de souche" — people who claim descent from French colonizers.
"Madame, your racism has no place here," Trudeau responded before RCMP officers intervened.
In her lawsuit, Blain sought a total of $90,000 in compensation from Trudeau for what a court document describes as "distress, stress, and inconvenience caused to her" as a result of the 2018 interaction, as well as a perceived "infringement of her freedom of expression and opinion and her right to be treated without discrimination," among other claims.
But Judge Monast wasn't having any of it.
In her decision to dismiss the lawsuit, Monast wrote that "Ms. Blain's assertion that Mr. Trudeau's comments about her were defamatory and that he damaged her reputation is not supported by any evidence."
She cited a testimony that she said "was replete with contradictions, exaggerations and implausibilities" and concluded that Blain's "lack of civility, the aggressive tone in which she asked her questions" and, among other things, "her hostile attitude" demonstrated "that she was trying to provoke him."
Monast called Trudeau's response to her first question "legitimate" and said "it was not unreasonable" for Trudeau to "consider, in such a context, that Ms. Blain's comments indicated some racism."
"She testified that she found it offensive and hurtful to be told that she was intolerant and racist toward immigrants because she does not consider herself to be an intolerant and racist person," Monast wrote.
"The statements she has made on various occasions, her social media posts, and the testimony she gave during her examination for discovery and at trial unfortunately indicate otherwise."
The judge concluded by accusing Blain of using the event to "gain notoriety and to promote her political ideas."
"It is not unreasonable to conclude, as suggested by Mr. Trudeau's counsel, that she initiated legal proceedings against Mr. Trudeau for the same reasons."
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Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Federal Election, many of us living in Quebec might be wondering what the point of all this was. But no election is without some kind of meaning, especially for voters.
So, what did this election mean for the people of Quebec and what does a Liberal minority mean for the province?
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The Quebec premier has been critical of the Liberals.
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Justin Trudeau's Liberal party has come out of Canada's 2021 election with another minority government, setting the balance of power in Ottawa for potentially another four years.
On Tuesday morning, Quebec Premier François Legault released a brief statement congratulating Trudeau on his victory.
"I will work with him to advance Quebec's interests," Legault wrote on Twitter.
Trudeau's victory comes after a raucous run-up to the election in which Legault was openly critical of not only Trudeau but also federal encroachment on provincial jurisdiction and attitudes towards Quebec more generally.
"There are three parties at the federal level that want to reduce the autonomy of the Quebec nation," Legault said at the National Assembly days before the election.
The premier also called the framing of a question at the English-language federal leaders' debate an "attack" on Quebec.
A motion passed at the National Assembly Tuesday demands a formal apology from the Debate Broadcasting Group for what it calls "hostile" language targetting the Quebec nation at the English-language federal leaders' debate on September 9.
The motion, from Joël Arseneau, leader of the Parti Québécois in the National Assembly, passed with the support of the CAQ, Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) and Québec Solidaire.
The apology demand comes after much of Quebec's political class condemned the framing of a question from debate moderator Shachi Kurl for Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet.
"You deny that Quebec has problems with racism yet you defend legislation such as Bills 96 and 21, which marginalize religious minorities, Anglophones, and Allophones," Kurl said.
"For those outside the province, please help them understand why your party [...] supports these discriminatory laws."
Blanchet later accused Kurl of calling Quebecers "racists." Quebec Premier François Legault called the question an "attack" on the Quebec nation.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice to the calls for an apology, saying the "premise of the question was unacceptable."