Why wasn’t Trudeau charged with assault?
Canadians and fight fans watched with anticipation as the crush of people surged and struggled and one combatant threw a mighty elbow to the thorax of a dastardly opponent. No, that description isn’t the latest WWE soap opera, or even the latest disappointing offering of the UFC. That’s what Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his party were doing in the House of Commons before the May long weekend.
Prior to a vote, Trudeau claims he was “hurrying” MPs, including those of parties other than his own Liberal Party, to their seats. Trudeau likely was worried about another legislative close call, as a few days beforehand his party was so shorthanded in the House that the Liberals nearly lost a crucial vote related to the assisted suicide bill (Some critics say the reason the Liberals were shorthanded is because MPs, like Trudeau, were busy traveling the world, hobnobbing with the rich and famous instead of sitting in their seats in the House serving Canadian taxpayers. But that’s a subject for another day).
As Trudeau reveled in his new job as parliamentary escort, he elbowed NDP Member of Parliament Ruth-Ellen Brosseau in the chest hard enough to chase her from the house.
Not seeing the seriousness?
A few weeks ago The Pipestone Flyer received this press release from the RCMP: “Westlock RCMP Charge Local Official with Assault. On April 25, 2016, the Westlock RCMP were advised of an allegation of assault that had occurred one week earlier on the Apr. 19, just prior to a county council meeting. An argument is reported to have occurred between three elected officials which resulted in a physical altercation between Councillor Dennis Primeau and the County Reeve Bud Massey. There were no serious injuries and the RCMP were not called. The RCMP’s investigation has resulted in the following charge: Dennis Primeau, 66 years of age, of Westlock, has been charged with one count of Assault (section 266 Criminal Code).”
Whether Trudeau, the eastern media or Sophie Gregoire’s nanny think it was serious, the fact remains if anyone reading this editorial walked into line at the post office and elbowed a woman for no reason, the police would be tracking that reader down, and rightfully so.
A politician in Alberta has been charged with assault in the same situation. Why wasn’t Trudeau?