Good morning. We begin with a file from Globe reporter Laura Stone:
Frankly, he does give a damn.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in the House of Commons at the end of Question Period yesterday afternoon for using what he called “unparliamentary language.”
“Mr. Speaker, it was brought to my attention that in an outburst of enthusiasm, I may have used a word that was unparliamentary. I withdraw that word and apologize to anyone who was offended,” the Prime Minister told the Commons.
When asked by reporters what he said, Mr. Trudeau answered, “I’m not going to repeat what I said.”
But a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office says it was Mr. Trudeau’s use of “damn” that led to his apology.
During Question Period, Mr. Trudeau was asked by Conservative MP James Bezan about his government’s “asinine interim policy of buying used jets.”
To which Mr. Trudeau replied, “We are ensuring that the men and women in uniform who serve this country are given the equipment they need, and are not just used for photo ops, like the Conservatives did every damn time."
Whether such language is unparliamentary is up for debate. But perhaps Mr. Trudeau is remembering a previous outburst in 2011, in which he used a swear word in reference to then-environment minister Peter Kent, as the impetus for his pre-emptive apology.
Of course, there is his father Pierre Trudeau’s infamous explanation for what he may or may not have said in Parliament.
But this was no fuddle duddle. Just a damn.
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