Everyone knows that politics can get very messy and quite frequently it can get downright comical. The current election circus in the U.S. is just one illustration of how entertaining things can become. But Canadian leader Justin Trudeau took things to a new low last week when he resorted to using physical violence in the House of Commons. He has since apologized for his behavior, and failing to "live up to a higher standard," but some say that his actions have now exposed a level of arrogance and narcissism; that his actions last week were an embarrassment and a shameful display.
Justin Trudeau decided last week during a disagreement in the House of Commons, to forcibly grab Conservative whip Gord Brown's arm and then proceed to drag him through the crowd. Along the way he allegedly also elbowed Ruth Ellen Brosseau, and some say he swore at the NDP members to “get the f-k out of” his way. Regardless of how heated things can get during political debates, assaulting someone who you see as simply an obstacle that is standing in your way, surely isn't the kind of behavior a national leader should be partaking in. Does Trudeau think that violence is the best way to get things done?
The Conservatives and NDP members have run with the altercation now, unsurprisingly overplaying their shock and outrage over the incident. As if they don't tend to work right along with the Liberals and Trudeau when it comes to passing things like C-51, C-24, the TPP, and other controversial pieces of legislation, which draw widespread negative discontent and outcry from the Canadian public. Trudeau promised that things would be better once his party took power, and that he was going to restore a level of sanity following the Harper years. But this doesn't look better, in fact to some this looks much worse. But what might be the most troublesome of all is that this all started because Trudeau wanted to make significant changes to the way that the House of Commons gets things done.
What started the altercation in the first place last week, was when the Liberal Party announced that it was going to be introducing a motion that would do away with certain loopholes in standing orders that allow for the opposition to protest and it would basically prevent them from trying to oppose government. These are rules that have governed how Parliament runs for decades and making this change is quite profound. For example, when the government refused to debate on the missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, the NDP rushed its members into the House by surprise and forced a debate on the topic. Some say that these loopholes allow for parties to use stalling tactics to waste time so that the Liberals won't be able to get anything done. But these checks-and-balances are in place for a reason and perhaps it isn't in anyone's best interest to have Trudeau and his party streamline a myriad of new rules onto the public without any opposition, when he doesn't possess the judgment to even compose himself enough to hold a simple debate. The new motion would place strict limits on opposition initiated motions and on when and how the House would proceed with its business, according to Canadian journalist Kady O'Malley. Under increasing pressure the Liberals have backed-down for now and have withdrawn their Motion No. 6 that would've made these changes.
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