Justin Trudeau deserves a two-minute minor for elbowing and nothing more
By now, most Canadians have seen the video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest.
It caused an uproar in Parliament and now the matter has been referred to a committee.
After Trudeau's elbow jabbed Brosseau, NDP MP Tom Mulcair started shouting at Trudeau.
It reached the point where NDP MP Nathan Cullen is seen trying to intervene to cool things down.
For hockey fans, this was all too familiar a sight.
The incident was precipitated when NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP Deputy Leader David Christopher appeared to block the Conservative whip from reaching his seat in Parliament.
That prompted Trudeau to walk across the floor, where the altercation began.
The House speaker, Geoff Regan, is the referee of Parliament.
The question Canadians might want to ask is this: why not give Trudeau a two-minute minor for elbowing and assess two-minute minors to Mulcair and Christopher for interference?
The video seems to support Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May's contention that Trudeau didn't know that he was elbowing Brosseau. He was tugging on the Conservative whip's arm when it happened.
This is hardly grounds for a game misconduct.
As for Brosseau, her pain seemed genuine so there's no reason to impose any penalty for embellishment on her.