Canada Prime Minster Justin Trudeau says 'peoplekind' remark a 'dumb joke'

Violet Powell
February 8, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Thursday during a tour of three major US cities this week to bolster support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is being renegotiated.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted he should not be making stupid jokes in public after a quip last week prompted the scorn of conservative commentators in the United States and elsewhere.

Trudeau briefly interjected, saying, "We like to say 'peoplekind, ' not necessarily 'mankind, ' because it's more inclusive". In the phrasing of the question she used the word mankind to which Trudeau jumped in to correct.

Speaking to reporters before the weekly Liberal caucus meeting today, Trudeau says he is working with the provincial governments and will stand up for getting the pipeline built, but did not say anything about what exactly he will do to make that happen.

Prominent British TV broadcaster Piers Morgan called Trudeau a "Chief PC Plonker", accusing him of killing off mankind. "It played well in the room and in context".

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"It's a little reminder to me that I shouldn't be making jokes even when I think they're amusing", he concluded.

Fox and Friends was among the programs that played the footage of Trudeau.

The Opposition Conservatives also got in a few jabs, with deputy Tory leader Lisa Raitt urging the prime minister to "person up" during a testy exchange in the House of Commons.

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

Trudeau, who gave a 35-minute unscripted speech before taking questions from Axelrod, instead focused on the shared benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has threatened to scrap.

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