Have you seen the “Justin Trudeau elbow video?” In case you missed it, prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, was trying to move along a pending vote in the House of Commons by walking down the aisle and moving Opposition Whip Gord Brown toward his seat. In the process of speeding things along and “manhandling” Brown, the prime minister elbowed another politician in the chest, NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau. Brosseau instantly reacted in pain to the physical contact with the prime minister.
Twitter has exploded with the popular hashtag “#ElbowGate” as a reference to this supposed political scandal. YouTube commenters also wasted no time in giving their own opinions. But is this really a scandal, though? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s perceived assault put the House of Commons in an uproar, receiving blame and anger from other politicians who were present at the time. The news of the incident has been trending on social media, allowing everyone to weigh in on the accidental altercation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology was given to MP Brosseau in the House of Commons shortly after the incident was brought to his attention.
“I want to take the opportunity … to be able to express directly to [Brosseau] my apologies for my behavior and my actions, unreservedly. The fact is, in this situation, where I saw … I noticed that the Whip opposite was being impeded in his progress, I took it upon myself to go and assist him forward, which I can now see was unadvisable as a course of actions that resulted in physical contact in this House that we can all accept was unacceptable,” Trudeau said.
So, what do you think of the YouTube video? Would you accept the prime minister’s apology to Brosseau? Check out the video below and let us know what you think: