Conservatives accuse Trudeau of dropping an F-bomb during chaotic Question Period

Much has been said about the political legacy that Justin Trudeau must carry on following in the footsteps of his father, a former prime minister.

On Wednesday, he invoked one of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s most memorable jokes when asked if he had spoken unparliamentary language.

“What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you move your lips in a particular way?” the current prime minister told reporters as he left the House of Commons.

It’s an echo of 1971, when Pierre Trudeau was accused of “uttering a four-letter obscenity” from the opposition benches.

The elder Trudeau denied saying anything. Pressed by reporters, he replied, “What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say fuddle-duddle or something like that?”

On Wednesday, his son had the reference ready.

The Tories had accused him of ‘dropping an F-bomb’, with MP John Barlow telling the House ‘it was not a fuddle-duddle’.

WATCH: Pierre Trudeau responds in 1971 to accusations of using ‘a four-letter obscenity’ in the House

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau swears he didn’t use four-letter obscenities. 2:14

The remark was not picked up by the microphone during the live broadcast of the proceedings. Vice President Chris d’Entremont said he did not hear what was said.

Even the Conservatives weren’t clear on what they heard, although Opposition House Leader John Brassard says about a dozen of his colleagues heard him. They formally asked the Speaker to review Hansard and determine if unparliamentary language was used.

The Liberals have called for a review of what was said “from all sides of the House” with details including the names of MPs and what they said.

Brassard told reporters that Trudeau used a “six-letter reference followed by another word.”

“Anyway, I don’t think he liked the line of questioning today and that’s why he reacted,” he said.

The alleged profanity came during an exchange with Conservative MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who asked Trudeau if a military plane had been used to surveil Ottawa during the Freedom Convoy protests this winter.

The Prime Minister replied that his question was “dangerously close to disinformation and disinformation aimed at stoking fears and conspiracy theories”.

He denied that a special forces unit was monitoring the protest around Parliament Hill and said it was taking part in a previously scheduled training exercise.

Question period repeatedly devolved into incoherent shouting from both sides of the aisle on Wednesday, even drowning out the Speaker.

After Trudeau’s response, d’Entremont had to call to order.

He reminded MPs that they ‘crossed a few lines there’, adding: ‘I heard it all over the place’.

This is not the first time that Trudeau has come under scrutiny for his language.

In 2011, when he was a Liberal MP in opposition, he apologized to the House after he called then-Environment Minister Peter Kent a “piece of s—-” during another heated debate.

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