Sussex Corner — It’s often said that you need sharp elbows to be in politics, and now revelations about the prime minister are showing that to be the case about him. In the wake of yesterday’s uproar in the House of Commons, new allegations of inelegant elbowing are being made by a New Brunswick woman.
“It hurt like a son of a gun,” said 52-year-old Sussex Corner resident Nicole Sein. “I was seeing stars for a few moments. The prime minister apologized profusely to me, but I was giggling like a schoolgirl the entire time even though I was in an enormous amount of pain. It was an overwhelming experience.”
Yesterday, the House of Commons was in chaos over allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grabbed the arm of Opposition whip Gord Brown and elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest as MPs gathered for a vote on the government’s assisted-dying bill. Trudeau later admitted that said he took full responsibility for the “unadvisable course of actions,” and offered Brosseau unreserved “apologies for [his] behaviour and [his] actions.”
Now, Sein has come forward to also allege that the prime minister accidentally elbowed her in the breast during his Oct. 7, 2015 campaign stop in Sussex, N.B. “He was swinging around… shaking hands and doing fist bumps and high-fives, and he nailed me with his elbow right in the boob — really, really hard,” she said.
“I was seeing stars for a few seconds, but when my vision cleared all I could see is the prime minister’s face only inches from my lips asking if I was OK,” she blushed. “Oh my God, was I ever OK! Ha!”
“Justin was saying, ‘Oh no! Oh my God! I’m so sorry! Are you all right?’ and even though I was woozy from the overwhelming pain, I was tee-heeing and saying, ‘Oh yes, I’m fine, ha ha!’ He was so apologetic and caring that I just melted into a puddle. He looked really uncomfortable, it was so adorable. What a total sweetheart!
“He gave me a big hug, and I was unsteady from the throbbing pain and very flushed. We took a selfie together I was smiling really big though I was still wincing. Then, he was gone still saying, ‘Oh my God, I’m so so sorry.’ I hobbled to my car, got in and closed my eyes for about 15 minutes to calm down.
“The whole ordeal was one of the most awful and wonderful and thrilling and excruciating experiences of my life,” concluded Sein. “I’ll never forget it.”
According to friends and family, she finds an opportunity to mention that 30 second interaction in every conversation since that day.
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