No. Justin Trudeau didn’t slam anyone’s head into the turnbuckle. He didn’t KO anybody with a right cross. Any suggestion that what he did on Tuesday in the House of Commons could be classified as assault is over the top. But what is the takeaway from this incident? Certainly the case can be made that some NDP members were being rather childish in their delay tactics on a vote. But what of the PM’s actions?
He apologized tot eh House and the apology was contrite enough but concerns linger although not about the apology itself. This was the first time Justin Trudeau’s government faced true pressure. Event he withdrawl of Canada’s fighter Jets from Iraq wasn’t a huge problem. While it might have been somewhat contentious it was an election promise kept. But with a June 6th deadline approaching to craft a bill on doctor assisted death the heat is on. And how did the Prime Minister handle this pressure? He didn’t. Trudeau lost his cool and composure when faced with his first true challenge. Yes, the NDP may have behaved poorly but the Prime Minister is expected to rise above the petulance of MP’s. Instead, he lowered himself to their level and even lower.
It should make even the staunchest Liberal supporter wonder, if Justin Trudeau was unable to control himself in this situation, when else might he come unravelled? He told the Commons he expects better of himself. Canadians should have the same expectations of their leader.