Despite the inherent violence and trash talk possibilities of both of our national sports, Canadians have long been stereotyped as a polite—and maybe even meek—people. But our public figures have been doing their damnedest to tear down those unfair assumptions in the past while.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a boxer and former bar bouncer, threw an accidental elbow in the House of Commons and thrust the country into the most embarrassing and overblown scandal we have seen since the The Globe and Mail tried to claim that David Cronenberg’s parents didn’t like his films in the ‘70s. This week, another high profile Canuck stepped back into the spotlight with a demonstration of his grappling prowess. This altercation was at least a little more skilled in nature, although the embarrassment factor involved will largely depend on your stance on public protest.
When a protestor tried to disrupt a memorial that was held in Dublin earlier today for British soldiers who were killed in the 1916 Rising, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, leapt into action. Video footage of the altercation shows Vickers—with an admirable grip on the other man’s jacket sleeves—tackling the offending party and wrestling him out of the way of the ceremony, at which point the authorities took over.
This isn’t the first time that a Canadian political figure has quite literally taken crowd control into their own hands. Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien executed what is now known as “The Shawinigan Handshake” when he choked an anti-poverty protestor after a Flag Day ceremony in February, 1996.
Nor is it the first time that Vickers, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who has also provided security for The Queen, has had a Liam Neeson moment in public proceedings. While serving as the scepter-sporting Sergeant-At-Arms—a position ….View full article