Nova Scotia's education minister under fire again over his behaviour

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil denies he was ever approached by the NDP in the past about verbal and physical confrontations involving current Education Minister Zach Churchill.

Former NDP education minister Ramona Jennex sent an email on Monday to legislature Speaker Kevin Murphy, alleging that on April 13, 2012, she was confronted by Churchill following an exchange over budget estimates.

Jennex said Churchill used profane language and poked her in the shoulder, pushing her backwards, adding that she reported the incident to NDP officials who decided to inform McNeil so he could deal with the matter.

Murphy later confirmed he received emails from two former house members, but McNeil says "that at no time" was he informed about a physical incident involving a member of his caucus.

McNeil says there were times where people talked to him about "the enthusiasm of our members" and he has reminded his caucus about the need to keep the proper tone in the legislature.

Churchill says he doesn't recall the specific interactions talked about in the emails and doesn't recall anything being brought to McNeil's attention.