Trudeau Offers Apology for the Scuffle in the House

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered an apology to his colleagues on Thursday morning for the third time in two days for a physical encounter with two opposition MPs that resulted in a melee on the floor of the House of Commons the day before.

In his remarks, the Premier regretfully stated that “I apologize to my colleagues, to the House as a whole and to you, Mr. Speaker, for failing to live up to a higher standard of behaviour. Members, rightfully, expect better behaviour from anyone in this House. I expect better behaviour of myself.” Trudeau’s apology was prompted by discussion by some members of Parliament on whether “the physical molestation” of the female MP in the House of Commons should be referred to the committee on procedure and house affairs. The prime minister said he agreed the matter should be studied at committee, but opposition MPs are continuing to rise in the House to discuss Van Loan’s motion.

Speaking about the incident that took place on Wednesday, Trudeau alleged that “no amount of escalation or mood in this House justifies my behaviour last night. I made a mistake, I regret it. I am looking to make amends.” He further mentioned that “I fully hear the desire… of a number of members across the House including the leader of the Official Opposition that we take concrete measures to improve the way the tone functions in this House and the way this government engages with opposition parties as well.”

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