What are politicians and potential politicians putting in their water these days? While the circus-like atmosphere of the primary season south of the border has seeped from the Republicans to the Democrats, it would appear at least a sprinkling has also come north.
Last week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost it in the House of Commons. What has come to be referred to as Elbowgate started when Trudeau dashed at opposition Whip Gord Brown and attempted to hustle him to his seat so a very important vote could begin. In the ensuing fracas there was swearing and an accidental prime ministerial elbow making contact with the chest of an opposition member.
In true Canadian fashion all was atoned for the next day with heartfelt and sincere apologies from Trudeau. Of course this rough-housing has damaged beyond repair his approval ratings and have placed his majority government in a perilous position. Well, maybe not.
In fact his approval rating remains high as Canadians, the non-elected kind, see no big deal in the incident.
In February of 1971 Trudeau’s father, then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau allegedly mouthed “F*ck off” to opposition members. When questioned about it he claimed he had said Fuddle Duddle, thus launching a plethora of T-shirts, baseball caps with the words emblazoned on them.
Sometimes ya just have to let things slide!