6:30 p.m., May 28)
Commentary: Elbowgate, much ado about nothing
By Fred Sherwin
know its a slow news day when the Prime Minister barely
touching a female MP in the House of Commons gets top
billing on every front page and major media site in the
country and even south of the border.
referring to elbowgate, of course. A shining exam-ple
of a hysterical media making a mountain out of a mole
hill, fueled by an equally hysterical government opposition.
first, I am not suggesting that Justin Trudeau is blameless.
Hes the Prime Minister for crying out loud. He had
no business leaving his seat and rescuing
the Conservative whip from the human barricade that was
formed by NDP leader Thomas Mulchair and his childish
minions. He should have sent government whip and Orléans
MP Andrew Leslie to do the job.
for NDP MP Ruth-Ellen Brassard, the so-called victim of
Trudeaus errant elbow, she should be praised for
not flopping to the floor of the House of Commons like
one of those soccer players who end up writhing on the
pitch on the slightest contact from an opposing player.
true villain in all this is Thomas Mulchair, who mere
moments before he started yelling Youre pathetic
at the Prime Minister, could be seen guffawing like a
college freshman who just pulled off some giant prank.
It was only after Brassard told him what had happened
that the embattled and out-going NDP leaders demeanor
took a 180-degree turn. You could almost see the 20-watt
light bulb go on in his head as he realized that he could
turn the situation to his own personal advantage.
only person to put the incident in true perspective was
Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who called it an unfortunate
accident. Or at least she attempted to do so as she was
being shouted down by both NDP and Conservatives members
in a fashion that was a much more glaring example of bullying
and harassment of a female member of the House of Commons
by her male counterparts than Trudeaus glancing
you want a true example of assault in an elected chamber
than I would refer back to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford
and his bowling over councillor Pam McConnell, knocking
her ass over tea kettle. Thats assault.
6:30 p.m., May 28)
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