By Christopher Green
While Trudeaumania has allegedly swept Canada, for the second time in it's history, I am far from someone on the bandwagon of the “crimson tide”. But, while Justin Trudeau is far from my favourite politician, he is, for a fact, the Prime Minister of this country, as such, I have a respect for his office and I pray for him as a person as well.
On May 18th, depending on who you ask, Mr. Trudeau either physically “attacked” multiple MPs or it was all an accident and misunderstanding.
Here's another view of the incident to consider. A vote was being held that the Liberal party was trying to get pushed through. The opposition was unhappy about this and NDP party members were attempting to delay the vote and physically stood in the way of the Conservative party whip, preventing him from doing his parliamentary duty. Mr. Trudeau went over and grabbed the Conservative party whip to help him through the physical blockage, and accidentally elbowed a female NDP MP in the process.
Naturally the NDP MP, who had been elbowed, was upset. I would be too, but it seems that perhaps too much was made out of this, on the NDP's part. Sadly, the Conservatives (who arguably benefited from their whip being able to get through to vote) lashed out as well, in true partisan style. It was Green Party leader Elizabeth May who defended Mr. Trudeau, even across partisan lines. Mr. Trudeau himself even apologized for the incident.
Was Mr. Trudeau completely innocent? No, after all, it's debatable whether or not he was helping the Conservative whip at all. The whip was perfectly capable of going around the other side of the aisle, or pushing through the NDP crowd himself. It was not the responsibility of the Prime Minister to jump in physically. After all, the physical action of the NDP blockage was what Mr. Trudeau was protesting when he acting. The House of Commons, a forum of ideas, is hardly the place for physicality. But let's put things in perspective here, even if I don't agree with Mr. Trudeau's politics, let's keep it to his politics, the man is a human being as is every other member of the House of Commons. We all make mistakes, the important point is the motives and the restitution of the action. I don't believe Mr. Trudeau intended to physically hurt anyone, and I think we need to look past partisan lines and move on to bigger issues that shape Canada as a whole.
Regardless of the political party you favour, prayer for our House of Commons, our government, our Prime Minister and opposition leaders would be deeply appreciated.
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