Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

'Dumb joke': Trudeau addresses criticism over 'peoplekind' comment

'Dumb joke': Trudeau addresses criticism over 'peoplekind' comment

Once he heard that, Trudeau was quick to interject.

He interrupted a woman named Aimee when she said the word "mankind", telling her: 'We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind, because it's more inclusive'.

The woman didn't seem to mind the comment. Asked why, Trudeau said, "Because it's 2015".

But the story didn't end there.

"It's quite the performance", Peterson said.

Christina Sommers from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, said in a post on Twitter that using the word "mankind" was fine, but the prime minister "publicly embarrassing someone for using it" was not.

Trudeau seems to have a friendly relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - the two have met on the sidelines of nearly every global meeting they attended in the last two years, including just last month at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

This morning, Trudeau said while it "played well" in the room, that "out of context, it doesn't play so well and it's a little reminder to me that I shouldn't be making jokes even when I think they're amusing", he said.

The Canadian prime minister has backtracked after a video showing him appearing to correct a woman during a question and answer session went viral.

In the Oxford Dictionary, this is the definition of mankind: "Human beings considered collectively; the human race".

A spokesman for Mr Trudeau quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation did not comment specifically on the criticism, but said: "The Prime Minister is a proud feminist, and our government's policies reflect our commitments to equality".

'It played well in the room and in context. "Out of context, it doesn't play so well". However, some recent events have brought the allegations to the fore again, including an April 2017 motion in the Ontario legislature labelling as a genocide the 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Is it a step in the right direction toward inclusion?

Trudeau has been at the forefront of pushing political correctness in Canada, announcing in November that his government will give $100 million to LGBTQ persons in the military and government agencies who have allegedly been slighted or disenfranchised due to their sexual orientation.

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