Trudeau's 'political correctness' hit

Central Station | 9 Feb 2018

Chalk it up to youth and inexperience.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted he shouldn't be making stupid jokes in public, after a recent quip prompted the scorn of conservative commentators in the United States and elsewhere.

During a town hall in Edmonton, Trudeau interrupted a woman after she used the word "mankind" -- saying he preferred "peoplekind" instead. Critics quickly accused him of being too politically correct.

The incident was the 46-year-old's latest attempt at failed humor.

"You all know that I don't necessarily have the best of track records on jokes. I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral," he confessed, referring to the "peoplekind" remark.

"It played well in the room and in context. Out of context it doesn't play so well and it's a little reminder to me that I shouldn't be making jokes even when I think they're funny."

Commentators have complained Trudeau lacks the dignity and seriousness required of a national leader.

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