Canada U.S. right seizes on 'peoplekind' comment ahead of Trudeau's trip to sell NAFTA

16:23  07 february  2018
16:23  07 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The two leaders are not scheduled to meet during Trudeau ' s four-day trip to the U . S . this week. The prime minister begins in Chicago, where he's pitching the benefits of progressive trade in a region that's seen deals like NAFTA take away stable and solid Midwest jobs. Rebel Media takes on ' peoplekind '.

OTTAWA — A seemingly off-the-cuff remark by Justin Trudeau morphed into a scornful segment on one of U . S . President Donald Trump’ s favourite TV shows Tuesday just as the prime minister heads to the U . S . in hopes of selling Canada’ s virtues stateside.

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A seemingly off-the-cuff remark by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau morphed into a scornful segment on one of U.S. President Donald Trump's favourite TV shows Tuesday just as the prime minister heads to the U.S. in hopes of selling Canada's virtues stateside.

Fox and Friends  was among the mainstream media outlets that seized on a surprising exchange between Trudeau and a woman at a town hall event, an interaction that's since spun out to become a subject of global ridicule on the right side of the political spectrum.

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At that point, Trudeau interjected, cheerfully telling her, “We like to say peoplekind , not necessarily Updating NAFTA is a way to ensure the deal benefits a broader swath of people, the Liberals argue. Not unlike Obama, Trudeau ’ s progressive policies make him an easy punching bag for the U . S . right .

Trudeau faces backlash over ' peoplekind ' comment . The two leaders are not scheduled to meet during Trudeau ' s four-day trip to the U . S . this week. The prime minister begins in Chicago, where he's pitching the benefits of progressive trade in a region that's seen deals like NAFTA take away stable

The woman was going on about the need for more support for religious organizations and said maternal love was key to changing the future of mankind. At that point, Trudeau interjected, cheerfully telling her, "We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind. It's more inclusive."

The remark was warmly received by both the woman and many others in the audience, but when footage of the exchange surfaced Tuesday, it drew withering condemnation from social and mainstream media.

Prominent British TV broadcaster Piers Morgan called Trudeau a "Chief PC Plonker," accusing him of killing off mankind. Australian columnist Rita Panahi called him the "Kim Kardashian of political leaders; an all-style, no-substance himbo with all the depth of a puddle."

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  Trudeau talks trade, women at Liberal caucus Trudeau talks trade, women at Liberal caucusTrudeau made the comment as he rallied his party caucus at a meeting in advance of Monday's resumption of Parliament.

A seemingly off-the-cuff remark by Justin Trudeau morphed into a scornful segment on one of U . S . President Donald Trump’ s favourite TV shows Tuesday just as the prime minister heads to the U . S . in hopes of selling Canada’ s virtues stateside.

A seemingly off-the-cuff remark by Justin Trudeau morphed into a scornful segment on one of U . S . President Donald Trump’ s favourite TV shows Tuesday just as the prime minister heads to the U . S . in hopes of selling Canada’ s virtues stateside.

Jokes abounded, with pictures posted of comic superhero Batman changing his name to "Batperson" or the province of Manitoba becoming "Peopletoba."

Conservative parliamentarians also got in a few jabs. At one point Tuesday during a testy question period exchange, deputy Tory leader Lisa Raitt urged the prime minister to "person up."

A former top adviser to Barack Obama says he hopes Justin Trudeau makes the case for trade when he addresses a group of skeptical American students this week. The topic of free trade and the negotiations of a renewed North American free trade pact will be hard to avoid when the prime minister takes the stage tomorrow at the University of Chicago with David Axelrod, who served in Obama's administration. © Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press A former top adviser to Barack Obama says he hopes Justin Trudeau makes the case for trade when he addresses a group of skeptical American students this week. The topic of free trade and the negotiations of a renewed North American free trade pact will be hard to avoid when the prime minister takes the stage tomorrow at the University of Chicago with David Axelrod, who served in Obama's administration.

Speaking in Chicago

Fox and Friends  devoted a segment to the term featuring University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who has gained notoriety for steadfastly refusing to use gender-neutral terms, turning him into something of a celebrity on the right.

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"Fox and Friends" is among the U . S . and international outlets seizing on footage of Trudeau interrupting a woman who used the term "mankind" during her question at an event on Friday. Trudeau tells her the preferred term is " peoplekind "

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The show is known to be among Trump's favourites, and he often posts tweets in direct response to what they are reporting. On Tuesday, however, the president appeared to be holding his thumbs.

The two leaders are not scheduled to meet during Trudeau's four-day trip to the U.S. this week.

The prime minister begins in Chicago, where he's pitching the benefits of progressive trade in a region that's seen deals like NAFTA take away stable and solid Midwest jobs. Updating NAFTA is a way to ensure the deal benefits a broader swath of people, the Liberals argue.

Trudeau was at the top of the list of speakers requested by students at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

"Perhaps in the era of Trump, there are a lot of students who are looking north and feel a sense of identification with the sense of direction he's leading your country," said David Axelrod, a former top adviser to Barack Obama, who is moderating the event.

Rebel Media takes on 'peoplekind'

Not unlike Obama, Trudeau's progressive policies make him an easy punching bag for the U.S. right.

The Liberal payout to Omar Khadr, his praise for Fidel Castro and in January, his defence of refusing to give federal government money to explicitly pro-life organizations have all drawn attention.

"This man is reprehensible," former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka tweeted after Trudeau said pro-life groups were out of touch with Canadian society.

Gorka is now a contributor to the Canadian-based conservative news outlet Rebel Media, which was among the first to pick up on the "peoplekind" remark after footage of it began circulating online.

Chantal Hébert: The web of politics is a tangled one .
Chantal Hébert: The web of politics is a tangled one .On Tuesday, Mulroney was on Capitol Hill, offering a U.S. senate committee a spirited defence of the North American trade arrangements negotiated on his watch. The former Tory prime minister has a leading role in the lobbying offensive Trudeau has launched to mobilize support for NAFTA among American movers-and-shakers.When it comes to Canada, the attention span of the American political elites has traditionally been short.

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