Saying it’s been a rough month for Justin Trudeau is like saying the sun is just a little bright when you stare directly at it or Donald Trump‘s hair is a little confusing — it’s a HUGE understatement. In the past month, Trudeau and his staffers have been swept up in possibly the biggest corruption scandal in modern Canadian history and things just seem to be getting worse — especially if Trudeau is going to keep making tiny mistakes that Conservatives can then blow way out of proportion, like sneaking a snack onto the House floor.
Wednesday night, MPs in the House of Commons met for a marathon voting session after the Liberal government struck down a Conservative motion to have Jody Wilson-Raybould return for another justice committee hearing to respond to the contradictory testimony given by Trudeau’s former Principal Secretary Gerald Butts on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Conservatives had tabled 257 separate motions to be voted on individually which could have taken over a solid day of debate to get through.
It is part of the House’s Rules of Decorum that “In the Chamber, Members may refresh themselves with glasses of water during debate, but the consumption of any other beverage or food is not allowed.” So it sparked another whole mini scandal when Conservative MP Scott Reid caught the Right Honourable Trudeau sneaking a snack.
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) March 20, 2019
“We all know that the rules of the House do not permit us to eat in this place and I can’t help but observing [sic] that during the last vote, a number of people were eating in their seats including the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Prime Minister who appeared to be hiding a bagel in his desk,” Reid said.
“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has already stained this place with corruption, he does not need to stain it with mustard as well,” he finished. We’re not ones to condone pettiness among our politicians but that was a solid burn.
Trudeau responded with a very tongue-in-cheek apology and clarified that it wasn’t a bagel, it was actually a chocolate bar.
“Indeed, Mr. Speaker, I apologize, it was a chocolate bar, but I apologize, thank you, Mr. Speaker,” the PM said.
Speaker of the House Geoff Regan, reminded Members that there is no eating in the House as both sides got riled up, each claiming partisan victory the petty exchange.
While no one is out here defending Trudeau, the general online consensus was that it was a low move to call him out (however artfully it was done).
Scott Reid is a narc. https://t.co/kR5j6vilNT
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) March 20, 2019
WHERES MY FAINTING COUCH!?!?!?!
— Nizaagijiwebishkawaa miinawaa (@miinawaa) March 20, 2019
Wait wait wait. Mustard on a bagel? This country has truly lost its way.
— Memed Hams (@Kenjamin12) March 21, 2019
“Mr. Speaker, the prime Minister has already stained this house with corruption, he doesn’t need to stain it with mustard as well.”
Zinger level: high https://t.co/dCxArmeo9Z
— Simon Little (@simonplittle) March 21, 2019
Reminds me of a classroom full of children …….
— K. Wilkie (@KarlieWilkie) March 21, 2019
If you were going to sneak a chocolate bar into a voting marathon/filibuster
— Bruce Anderson (@bruceanderson) March 20, 2019
Gotta love that petty politician drama.