The Toronto Star expresses its disappointment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his reckless behaviour last week in Parliament when he manhandled Opposition whip Gord Brown and elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in her chest and allegedly saying “Get the f*** out of the way.”
The Star’s editorial on Friday, May 20, 2016 slams Trudeau’s bad judgment and his “foolish temper tantrum” warning that his actions “proves his critics right” when they said that “he was just not ready” and “immature to muster the gravitas required of a world leader.”
The following are excerpts of the Star editorial:
“The most disturbing failure of judgment was that of our prime minister… the incident adds to a growing doubt that Trudeau is really committed to making Parliament a better place…
“These are the insults that Trudeau’s critics have long used against him. That he was arrogant to think he could do the job of prime minister without much experience in government. That he was too immature to muster the gravitas required of a world leader. That he was just not ready…
“The signals of the past weeks that the Liberals are little interested in Parliamentary debate, and the prime minister’s foolish temper tantrum, stand in stark contrast to the promise of renewed democracy…
“But the prime minister does himself and his country a grave disservice when he proves his critics right. The kind of government he is promising requires work, patience and collaboration. Shoving won’t do.”
Few days before the federal elections, the Star officially endorsed Justin Trudeau. In an editorial entitled “He is Ready”, the Star wrote the following (October 9, 2015):
“With Trudeau as their leader, the Liberals offer generational change. Instead of folding under the Conservatives’ relentless attack on him as “just not ready,” Trudeau has shown in toe-to-toe debates that he can indeed hold his own with older and more experienced politicians. In short, he’s ready.”
Trudeau apologized for the second time for his behaviour. During a discussion in Parliament on May 19, 2016, Trudeau said the following:
“First, I apologize for crossing the floor in an attempt to have the member for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes take his seat. That intervention was not appropriate. It is not my role and it should not have happened. In particular, I should not have made physical contact with the member, and I apologize to the member and to all parliamentarians for my inappropriate contact.
“Second, I would like to apologize to the member for Berthier—Maskinongé. In my haste, I did not pay attention to my surroundings, and as a result I accidentally bumped the member for Berthier—Maskinongé, something I regret profoundly. I sincerely apologize for my actions yesterday.
“I would also like to apologize to all my colleagues in the House and to you, Mr. Speaker, for failing to live up to a higher standard of behaviour. Members rightfully expect better behaviour from anyone in the House. I expect better behaviour of myself.
“Consequently, I believe that it is completely appropriate for the incident that occurred yesterday in this place to be referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for review. I am fully prepared to accept the committee’s decision and respect the will of the House.
“The way members behave in the House is very important. It is important because we are here to serve Canadians, and Canadians deserve to have their concerns expressed fully and fairly in a direct and dignified manner.
“I know and I regret that my behaviour yesterday failed to meet this standard. I also believe that the work we do here is important, and I know that Canadians are looking to us for leadership on a range of serious issues in this House.”