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Opposition accuses Canada PM Trudeau of elbowing lawmaker

  • This photo from video provided by the Canadian House of Commons shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday May 18, 2016. Footage from the House of Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of lawmakers, mostly opposition members, and pulling a lawmaker through the crowd in order to get the vote started. As Trudeau turns around to pull the lawmaker through, lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau can be seen reacting with discomfort. (House of Commons via The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    This photo from video provided by the Canadian House of Commons shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,near Opposition whip Gordon Brown in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday May 18, 2016. Footage from the House of Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of lawmakers, mostly opposition members, and pulling a lawmaker through the crowd in order to get the vote started. As Trudeau turns around to pull the lawmaker through, lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau can be seen reacting with discomfort. (House of Commons via The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a reception commemorating the Komagata Maru Apology on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a reception commemorating the Komagata Maru Apology on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 file photo, Ruth Ellen Brosseau asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario. Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was elbowed in the chest and had to leave the House of Commons chamber Wednesday after feeling overwhelmed. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 file photo, Ruth Ellen Brosseau asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario. Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was elbowed in the chest and had to leave the House of Commons chamber Wednesday after feeling overwhelmed. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who says Trudeau elbowed her in the chest.

Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was elbowed in the chest and had to leave the House of Commons chamber Wednesday after feeling overwhelmed.

Trudeau, a former bar bouncer, said Wednesday he completely apologizes and it wasn't his intention to hurt anyone as he attempted to escort a Liberal colleague though a throng of opposition lawmakers in Parliament.

Trudeau says he thought the Liberal lawmaker was being impeded as he walked up the aisle of the chamber and wanted to help him.

Tempers have been running high as the government pushes through a motion to limit debate on its controversial assisted-dying legislation.