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Some of what was said about Wednesday's scuffle in the House of Commons

NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The House of Commons erupted in chaos Wednesday as a New Democrat MP and her opposition colleagues accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of elbowing her in the chest during a confrontation prior to a key vote. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
May 19, 2016 - 1:00 AM

OTTAWA - Just some of what was said in the uproar that seized the House of Commons on Wednesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elbowed an NDP member of Parliament in the chest during a brief scuffle with MPs.

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"I was standing in the centre talking to some colleagues. I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming and so I left the chamber to go and sit in the lobby. I missed the vote because of this." — New Democrat Ruth Ellen Brosseau, MP for the Quebec riding of Berthier-Maskinonge.

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"I want to take the opportunity, now that the member is OK to return to the House right now, to be able to express directly to her my apologies for my behaviour and my actions, unreservedly." — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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"I apologize for that unreservedly and I look for opportunities to make amends directly to the member and to any members who feel negatively impacted by this exchange and intervention because I take responsibility." — Trudeau.

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"Prime Minister Trudeau's behaviour today was shocking. He demonstrated a complete lack of respect for members of the House of Commons, and for Parliament. His clear intent was to intimidate Members physically and his actions resulted in my NDP colleague Ruth Ellen Brosseau being shoved into a desk. She was clearly shaken up." — Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.

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"I saw the prime minister — I would use the word 'charge' across the floor with intent and shove people, with the intent of moving the whip down the aisle, an intentional action by the prime minister which is unacceptable in the House of Commons. ... As part of doing that he knocked one of my colleagues into the desk." — New Democrat MP Randall Garrison.

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"It was most unwise of the prime minister to attempt to move along the vote ... but the second contact with my friend, the member for Berthier-Maskinonge, which is certainly the one that was the most emotional for the member involved, was clearly, from my perspective ... unintentional." — Green party Leader Elizabeth May.

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"I have to say that I saw the prime minister approaching and following the honourable member, trying to reach her and saying how very sorry he was. He had not seen her behind him. That is the truth. Now you can like it or not like it." — May.

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"What I witnessed was the prime minister striding across and coming to the group that was gathered and blocking the way of the opposition House leader. As he strode across, the group moved apart and he reached through and moved the House leader through. At the point that he did, he did bump into another member. I believe there was no intent to harm anyone or to actually bump into any one." — Liberal MP Deb Schulte.

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"I am ashamed, as somebody who sits in this House, to have been witness to the person who holds the highest position in our country, the highest elected position, to have done such an act in this House." — NDP MP Niki Ashton.

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