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Justin Trudeau elbows female member of Parliament, but who cares? He’s a “feminist”

May 25, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

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Self-proclaimed feminist Trudeau going pugilistic

I can’t decide which is richer in layer upon layer of irony: Self-proclaimed feminist and liberal heartthrob Justin Trudeau’s elbowing a female member of the Canadian Parliament–or the Gender Studies 101 reaction of another female member of Parliament  who witnessed the incident.

Here’s the story, from the CBC:

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of ‘manhandling’ Opposition whip Gord Brown and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the House of Commons as MPs gathered for a vote on the government’s assisted-dying bill Wednesday afternoon.

“In video from the House, Trudeau is seen walking toward Brown in a crowd of MPs in the Commons aisle, taking his arm in an apparent effort to move Brown toward his seat. While doing so, he encountered Brosseau, who was also standing in the aisle and was seen physically reacting after the contact.

“‘I was trying to start the vote, the prime minister grabbed my arm. I immediately told the prime minister to let go of me — now,’ Brown said in a statement released later. ‘Immediately afterward, the prime minister went back down the aisle of the House to confront other members of opposition parties.’

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Then, as HeatStreet reports:

“Brosseau’s colleague, Niki Ashton, said she was ‘ashamed’ to witness the ‘deeply traumatic’ incident, using language most American college students would find familiar.

“’What I will say, if we apply a gendered lens, it is very important that young women in this space feel safe to come here and work here,’ Ashton said. ‘[Trudeau] made us feel unsafe and we’re deeply troubled by the conduct of the prime minister of this country.’”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

 

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