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(Updated 6:30 p.m., May 28)
Commentary: Elbowgate, much ado about nothing

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

You 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.

I’m 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.

But first, I am not suggesting that Justin Trudeau is blameless. He’s 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.

As for NDP MP Ruth-Ellen Brassard, the so-called victim of Trudeau’s 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.

The true villain in all this is Thomas Mulchair, who mere moments before he started yelling “You’re 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 leader’s 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.

The 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 Trudeau’s glancing elbow.

If 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. That’s assault.

(Updated 6:30 p.m., May 28)

 

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