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Justin Trudeau: Not Mankind, 'We'd Like to Say Peoplekind'

Justin Trudeau: Not Mankind, 'We'd Like to Say Peoplekind'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a special gala celebration dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on Nov. 12, 2017. (Athit Perawongmetha/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:45 AM

Justin Trudeau's inclusion effort by telling a woman not to say mankind, but "peoplekind" has drawn criticism from numerous corners, according to the National Post.

The Canadian prime minister stepped into the controversy during a town hall meeting at MacEwan University last week in Edmonton. During a lengthy question from a student about religious charities, the woman used the phrase "future of mankind," the National Post said.

Trudeau briefly interjected, saying, "We like to say 'peoplekind,' not necessarily 'mankind,' because it's more inclusive."

While the comment brought cheers from the mostly college-age audience and a chuckle from the questioner, it brought scorn from others.

"In the new wave of modern feminism, the list of contenders for the coveted title of Chief PC Plonker is long and distinguished," British commentator Piers Morgan said in a Daily Mail column. "But now a clear winner has emerged in the form of Trudeau, the handsome young politician publicly drooled over by many of the same women who claim to find male objectification of female flesh so demeaning."

Jordan Peterson, at the University of Toronto, told "Fox & Friends" that Canada is likely to pay the price for Trudeau's attempt at what he called political correctness.

"That indicates precisely the way he thinks, and I don't think he does think," Peterson told the morning news show. "I think he runs an ideology in his head and accepts the output without question. And I think we're really going to pay for it in Canada, in ways that we can't yet imagine."

The Guardian wrote that Rita Panahi, an Australian conservative commentator, said Trudeau's insertion of "peoplekind" was a way to "appease those desperate to find offence where none exists."

Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale tweeted, though, that he believed criticism of Trudeau was misleading and omitted facts about the exchange.

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