Wednesday, May 17 will go down in history books as a day of apologies for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While the apology for the “grave injustice” done to the hundreds on Komagata Maru who were turned away from Canadian shores and met a violent end in India in 1914 resounded with the Sikh community and his supporters across the country, the manhandling of Opposition whip Gord Brown and NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau created a sense of alarm and disillusionment.
In a way he embarrassed the office of the prime minister, once again raising the Conservative’s election question whether he is really ready. There is no other way to look it.
No matter the reason for the brouhaha and what his intentions were as he purposefully strode up to the middle of the House of Commons, he should ‘not’ have left his seat. Prime ministers should know that. Lack of judgement,
inexperience… you rarely have one without the other. His should have been the voice of reason not the cause of further disruption.
“I expect better behaviour of myself”, he tweeted by way of an apology. However Canadians might respond differently to say–but Mr. Trudeau we expect “exemplary” behavior of you. After all, he is not only the leader of the country but the face of it as well. And he expects the same of all his ministers.
Once again Canada is in the limelight but for the wrong reasons. Torontonians must be recalling the tenure of former mayor, the late Rob Ford, at this time.
While we accept his apology and promise to make amends, which was both poorly scripted and delivered, the prime minister must realize that this is no means over. His actions will now be scrutinized even more closely and any slips will only add to his newly-discovered anger management issues and previous instances where he was accused of exhibiting “childish” behaviour. Many are already questioning what his response might be when faced with other real issues. Time will tell.
All Trudeau’s points for his official, much-awaited and highly-publicized Komagata Maru apology would have quickly eroded with the physical and verbal altercation later in the day. This is one he would want to play down. Parliament is not a boxing ring, where opponents can bend their adversaries to their will.
Prime Minister Trudeau would be well served to remember the lines from his earlier Komagata Maru apology which committed all Canadians to learning from mistakes and making sure that we never repeat the errors of the past.
As Canadians, we’re known for saying “I’m sorry” even when not at fault. Let’s hope it’s not the only legacy that our current prime minister will leave behind. – CINEWS