Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has always been a proud feminist. At multiple occasions, in interviews, talks, and speeches he has spoken openly about women’s rights and stood for it. In 2015 he had made headlines for having a diverse cabinet with an equal number of men and women. Recently, Trudeau was hosting a Q&A at MacEwan University in Edmonton on Thursday when he a corrected a woman who used the word ‘mankind’. Trudeau was on a cross-country tour that began last month when he told a woman to use the world ‘peoplekind’ instead of ‘mankind’. During the session, a young woman, Aimee, from the World Mission Society Church of God in South Korea, a controversial feminist stook to ask a question.
She asked Trudeau if the Canadian government could ease regulations that would limit volunteering with religious organisations. According to Toronto Sun, she said, “So, that’s why we came here today to ask you, to also look into the policies that religious charitable organisations have in our legislation so that it can also be changed because maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind.” Trudeau stopped her and said, “We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind because it’s more inclusive.” The woman reportedly took the Prime Minister’s intervention in good spirits and replied, “There we go, exactly.”
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While many took it in good spirits, some on social media took the 46-year-old of mansplaining. Twitterati said that the he was trying to mansplain the meaning of the word ‘mankind’. The Canadian politician is known for pressing equal rights. Last year, he wrote an essay in Marie Claire in which he said: “our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism”.