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Trudeau faces backlash over invitation to ladies-only fundraiser


 

OTTAWA – A Liberal fundraiser aimed at capitalizing on leader Justin Trudeau’s popularity among women is being denounced as sexist and patronizing by his political foes — and even by some Liberals.

The backlash started instantly late Wednesday when Trudeau tweeted that he was looking forward to tonight’s “cocktails and candid conversation” at the $250-a-head event in Toronto.

The accompanying electronic invitation to “Justin Unplugged” features stylized close-ups of the leader with a come-hither stare and the message: “Ladies, you’re invited to (really) get to know the future prime minister.”

Scribbled in grade-school cursive font around the margins are a series of questions: “What’s your favourite virtue?” “Who are your real life heroes?” “What is the biggest issue facing women?”

The resulting Twitter-storm was fierce and continues unabated today, generating its own hashtag: “askjustin.”

“Who organized this? Barbie? And sponsored by Teen Beat, I’m guessing,” tweeted Lisa Kirbie, a Liberal commentator.

“In asking someone to attend a political fundraiser show some respect,” tweeted Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. “$250 is a serious investment. Don’t talk down to me.”

To the question on her favourite virtue, junior cabinet minister Michelle Rempel added two hashtags: “donttalktomelikeasecondclasscitizen” and “don’tpatronizeme.”

New Democrat MP Megan Leslie also weighed in: “What’s the biggest issue facing women? This kind of crap.”

Hundreds of others joined the pile-on, pouring on the sarcasm and mockery.

“Hey ladies, come tell Justin what colour you think the Keystone pipeline should be,” tweeted one.

Another said ladies who attend the event can look forward Trudeau pouring them martinis, rubbing their feet and explaining “how politics work, using analogies from The Notebook.”

The organizer of the fundraiser, Amanda Alvaro, fought back, tweeting that the event was “organized BY women, FOR women with a (clearly) intriguing evite designed to inspire dialogue. Proud to host tonight.”

She later added: “Get a grip, people. It’s an evite, not a platform.”

Trudeau himself took to answering questions posed by people under the “askjustin” hashtag but so far has not commented on the flap over the online invitation.


 

Trudeau faces backlash over invitation to ladies-only fundraiser

  1. LOL definitely needs a change of personnel for this one….but hardly a hanging offence.

    • Ya, they need a change of personnel. Start with Trudeau. He clearly doesn’t have even half the brains required for the job.

      • Heh….you wish.

        • Everything he says and doesn’t isn’t just wrong, it’s downright stupid. He doesn’t even know what he stands for, so ends up standing only for stupid.

          • Justin is the next PM…get over it.

          • “Everything he says and doesn’t isn’t just wrong, it’s downright stupid.”

            I wonder if you can see why this is so funny coming from you.

  2. Michelle Rempel: Don’t talk to me like a second class citizen, keep voting Conservative so that we can keep treating you like one.

    • I will talk to that disingenuous ittle twerp Rempel however I darn well please!

  3. I asked this here months ago. I’ll ask it again.

    Just how much stupid does Trudeau have to demonstrate before he’s given
    the same treatment that Sarah Palin was by our “non-partisan, unbiased” press?

    • How much more American in Harper’s policies does he have to get before we start calling him the leader of the Canadian Tea Party?

    • Fair question: goes hand in hand with asking why you keep asking stupid questions on here that clearly even your own cohort do not want to answer — so how much stupid before we just declare you’re sharing a brain with Francie?

    • It’s different John. Justin’s stupid because of years of marijuana abuse, and that’s just cool. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he slips the camera-man a dime bag whenever he realizes he’s been caught looking as bright as your average high school stoner.

    • Here is your problem – Trudeau is not stupid. No matter how many times you say he is, he isn’t.

      Hope that helps.

        • What he said is true.

          • Do you realize that China is by a wide margin the most ungreen country in the entire world? The most polluted country, air and water? The highest growth in carbon emissions (not that I care)? The Shanghai and Yellow rivers are environmental disasters. You cannot see your own face in Beijing some days due to smog.

            China has never had any intention to go green at any point in time anywhere. Not even remotely.

  4. I’m just glad that someone is interested in taking women’s issues seriously instead of fending off the ranks of their own party to want to end the right to choose, and making impoverished women overseas pay the price because the CPC is too cowardly to do it here. And while Justin will do far more for women than Riatt or Rempel, it’s never a bad idea to sit back and let the voices of those who actually are the minority do the talking.

    Good job, LPC.

    • GFMD: “I’m just glad that someone is interested in taking women’s issues seriously”

      GFMD: “I will talk to that disingenuous ittle (sic) twerp Rempel however I darn well please!”

      • Damn straight. I am and I will. Rempel can keep whining that her job prevents her party from attending stuff they’d rather do.

      • I feel like I’m picking at you today, so last one, I promise, but it’s genuine: why is calling Rempel a twerp somehow sexist? Or do you think only MALE Conservative MPs can be twerps?

        • I think he thinks GFMD wouldn’t use that word to describe a male; that the word only applies to women. I also think he’s wrong on that account. Or maybe he’s confusing it with twerk.

          • If I have never used to describe pollievre i feel i should have.

  5. As long as he doesn’t say “you’re a great cook. You’re going to make a wonderful wife for somebody someday”, he will still be ahead of the Conservatives.

    • Ya, because complimenting someone is soooo much more sexist than talking down to ALL WOMEN.

  6. #askjustin Will Justin be doing a strip tease at the event? If I slip $100 into his G-string, does that count as a political donation, and can I get a tax receipt?

  7. I have to say I think the advertising for this event is silly. And I find the twitter responses very funny.

    What would be even sillier would be to base your vote on a very poor PR decision, or to think the evite was Trudeau’s idea.