The Prime Minister (PM) accidentally hit a fellow Member of Parliament (MP), and everyone is going ape over it. So I decided to have a look at what actually transpired. Having done that, I can only wonder why people are reacting so out of proportion to it.
From what I see of the video. A Conservative MP was trying to navigate an aisle clogged by NDP MPs who were milling about there. Look closely and you will notice that one NDP MP is deliberately obstructing the path. Making no effort to make himself ‘small’ to allow someone by. From what I can tell it looks like Wayne Stetski of Kootenay BC. Not many NDP men have gray hair and black glasses (at least from NDP’s web site.) So the whole situation started life with an NDP, or potentially the lot of them clogging the aisle, being utterly discourteous to down right contemptuous to a fellow MP.
The PM seeing the plight of the Conservative MP comes up to help the MP being held up to navigate the aisle. Unfortunately the PM didn’t do so as elegantly or with as much class as he wanted and the elbow happened. However, looking at the group of NDP MPs that were obstructing the aisle, none of them made an effort to ‘move out of the way’ even when it became obvious that they were. So it makes me believe that their behavior was completely intentional and that the above Mr. Stetski was being a bully, or dare I say, ass. And because the NDP MPs made no effor to move, the elbow was almost inevitable.
It is true the PM should not have done anything in this case. It is not his duty to keep order in the chamber but the person who’s duty it is to maintain order was either unaware or not doing his job. Also the Conservative MP may not have appreciated the help either which I can understand as well but I see the actions of the PM partly in an altruistic sense even though it may be also in a selfish sense.
To me the only punishment necessary is an apology for his actions which I understand happened three times already by the PM. But I would even go as far as making NDP MPs Stetski, MP Brosseau (who unfortunately got elbowed), and MP Thomas Mulcair (yup, that is the big guy at the left) to apologize for being very impolite to the Conservative MP and for not knowing better manners about blocking an aisle. As I understand, they were asked to return to their seats for a vote an yet they seem to make no effort to do so. An apology for showing contempt to the government or speaker who ever issued the request to return to their respective seats.
I feel ashamed for having supported the NDP if this is the ‘best’ way they can think of at being part of the ‘opposition’. That is a thug tactic. I would even say kudos to the PM for being a man of action to the embarrassing behavior of the NDP MPs. Someone needs to call them out on their poor behavior.
What I also find a little embarrassing is Mulcair yelling in the PM’s face “You’re Pathetic!” multiple times… Pot let me introduce you to kettle.
This is in no way to belittle the elbow that MP Brosseau suffered but she has to realize her part in the fracas. She is not completely without blame here.
I cannot argue against his use of the crass language by the PM. But this looks like the PM showed the MPs who are offended the same amount of respect that they showed the Conservative MP.