The Canadian Press
Ottawa: A New Democrat MP says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “manhandled” another member on the floor of the House of Commons just prior to a key vote.
Peter Julian says he has never seen such behaviour in his 12 years in the House.
The incident had the Commons in an uproar as MPs shouted and pounded their desks, drowning out some of Julian’s words as a remarkable scene unfolded on the floor of the Commons.
Trudeau says he was just trying to help the Liberal party whip through a throng of MPs prior to the vote and insists he never intended to hurt anyone.
Tempers have been running high in the Commons all week as the government pushes through a motion to limit debate on its controversial assisted-dying legislation, Bill C-14.
Speaker Geoff Regan could barely make himself heard as he tried to read the text of the motion.
Julian said the prime minister elbowed one MP and manhandled another.
“Physical force in this House is never permitted,” the New Democrat said.
Trudeau said he thought the Liberal whip was being impeded as he walked up the aisle of the chamber and wanted to help him.
“I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm,” Trudeau said. “I did not intend to offend or impact on anyone.”
Conservative MP Peter Van Loan said he saw the whole incident and he called it unacceptable.