Man of the people? Trudeau's peoplekind 'joke' divides

Updated / Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018 15:57

Justin Trudeau's comment was well received at the time, but later drew ire

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused a bit of a stir when he told a woman at a town hall event in Edmonton, Alberta to use the word "peoplekind" instead of "mankind".

The woman, identified only as 'Aimee' from the The World Mission Society Church Of God, asked a question during a Q&A session at MacEwan University using the word mankind.

Mr Trudeau interrupted her, saying: "We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind, because it's more inclusive. We can all learn from each other."

His comments drew applause and laughter at the event, but he later came in for criticism, both from people who said it was excessive political correctness, and others who accused him of 'mansplaining' and patronising the woman who asked the question.

Mr Trudeau has since said it was a poor attempt at humour, and a reminder to him that "I shouldn't be making jokes, even when I think they're funny".

WATCH: Trudeau admits to making a "dumb joke" when he corrected a woman for saying "mankind" instead of "peoplekind." pic.twitter.com/UJ5iGsfZIn

— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) February 7, 2018