Everyone is talking about how Justin Trudeau elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, including me. I can’t help it. What happened in the House of Commons is like nothing I have ever seen before.
Trudeau marched Terminator style across the floor and grabbed the Conservative Party Whip, Gord Brown by the arm. Trudeau then dragged Brown away from where he was, back to his seat. In the same melee, NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau was struck in the chest by Trudeau. Trudeau had this unprecedented tantrum because a vote wasn't happening as quickly as His Highness would have liked.
What’s my favourite virtue? Self control.
Many people, normal decent ones, are outraged that Brosseau was hurt and shaken so badly that she had to leave the chamber and miss the subsequent vote. Rightfully so. What happened to her was absolutely the fault of Trudeau’s bad behaviour.
But what should really outrage us is that Trudeau grabbed and dragged Conservative Whip Gord Brown. And it’s bothering me that it’s not really bothering anyone. Gord Brown was the intentional victim. The intended target of Trudeau's physical outburst and tantrum was Gord Brown. But that assault is being significantly downplayed because Gord Brown is a man.
Trudeau didn't just intervene and he didn't just make physical contact, although that’s the way he explained it all in his mealy mouthed apology before Parliament. Trudeau tried to use brute force to get another person to do what he wanted, against their will. Gord Brown did not ask for Trudeau to help him to his seat and he did not want any help. In fact, Gord Brown says he told Trudeau to let him go. But since Gord Brown is a man, everyone is focused on Ruth Ellen Brosseau and her sternum.
What I do know is that if Gord Brown had been interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose, if Trudeau had stormed out of his seat with the intent to manhandle and drag a woman against her will, to use muscle to make a woman comply to his tantrum, we might be seeing a resignation today. The feminist lobby would have demanded their pound of flesh and gotten it.
Instead Canadians are getting the kind of insincere apology performance we might see in a high school musical. Because Gord Brown is a man.