It's 2019, and that means that election campaigns are taking place as much on Twitter as they are in the real world. The Canadian election has already seen a lot of action on social media, and the party leaders are not slowing down. Recently, Jagmeet Singh's Twitter seemed to feature a tweet from the NDP leader that some think might have been a shot at Trudeau's feminist credentials.
The tweet in question reads, "Universal, affordable child care. That’s what a feminist Prime Minister would do." The tweet coincides with an announcement by NDP Leader Singh that the party would create 500,000 new childcare spaces throughout the country at a cost of $10 billion.
"Our goal is to get to universality, which is no cost for families that can’t afford it and low cost, like a $10-a-day cost, for those who can to make it affordable and make it accessible by 2030," Singh said in Vancouver, according to Global News.
Singh also took the opportunity to attack the Liberals' own undelivered promises on childcare, saying that the party had talked about affordable childcare 26 years ago but still hadn't done anything to provide it.
In comparison, the Liberal Party has pledged to create 250,000 new childcare spaces throughout the country, at a cost of roughly $535 million a year.
Universal, affordable child care. That’s what a feminist Prime Minister would do. #elxn43— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh)1569885060.0
Justin Trudeau stressed that the Liberal plan would put more responsibility in the hands of provinces when it came to childcare. "Provinces have a really important role to play and they need to continue to step up, but the federal government will be there as well," Trudeau said, according to Global News.
Whether or not the tweet was a direct attack on Trudeau is unclear, but a number of people responded to Singh's assertion that his plan is what a "feminist Prime Minister" would do with skepticism.
Twitter user @subvoyeur responded, "Because a feminist PM assumes women are the only caretakers of children? That is offensive. Affordable childcare helps the entire family."
"Why is that feminist? Don’t care about single fathers? How about that’s what a good prime minister would do, instead of trying to play sides," wrote Twitter user @gorillagod356.
@theJagmeetSingh Why is that feminist? Don’t care about single fathers? How about that’s what a good prime minister… https://t.co/m4Ja2A0BEP— Gorilla Monsoon 🇨🇦🧢 (@Gorilla Monsoon 🇨🇦🧢)1569885239.0
@theJagmeetSingh Because a feminist PM assumes women are the only caretakers of children? That is offensive. Afford… https://t.co/YxwJDW9dFR— Suburban Voyeur™️ (@Suburban Voyeur™️)1569905701.0
@theJagmeetSingh Bring a feminist means you believe in equality for women and men. You’re off base Jagmeet.— mari N (@mari N)1569932230.0
@theJagmeetSingh I hope you mean so women can choose to work, and not because child care should be a woman's responsibility.— Kate (@Kate)1569949878.0
@theJagmeetSingh Good thing Layton never became PM because as Opposition NDP leader, he & his MPs killed the univer… https://t.co/FLGv0OAlOZ— Hon. Marlene Jennings (@Hon. Marlene Jennings)1569952599.0
@theJagmeetSingh Really? What would an NDP PM do - seems like a lot of Lib bashing going on with no substance from… https://t.co/chCsRhqhpi— J Nussey 🇨🇦🐾 (@J Nussey 🇨🇦🐾)1569894964.0
@theJagmeetSingh How is that a feminist thing? Last I checked men were parents too. And some even single parents.… https://t.co/fOblUf8VFj— Andrea (@Andrea)1569933454.0
@theJagmeetSingh 1. Affordable for whom? 2. Are you trying to say it's a womans job to care for children without govt child care?— David (@David)1569891856.0
There were other Twitter users who saw this as a not-too-subtle attack on Justin Trudeau.
"Perhaps I'm daft, but I don't get this tweet. It appears to be in support of #JustinTrudeau. Who wouldn't support Universal, affordable child care and our feminist PM? Conceding already?" wrote @GloverLindaJ.
"I don't understand why you only attack Justin and the Liberals and never point out any of the flaws with Scheer and the Cons," wrote Twitter user @juadog.
@theJagmeetSingh Perhaps I'm daft, but I don't get this tweet. It appears to be in support of #JustinTrudeau. Who w… https://t.co/Cz3AaeifJJ— Linda Glover (@Linda Glover)1569950024.0
@theJagmeetSingh I don't understand why you only attack Justin and the Liberals and never point out any of the flaw… https://t.co/4iwNgWW36v— Jua (@Jua)1569932802.0
@answerallman @theJagmeetSingh He is a feminist.Cons just expect perfection from those they deem self-righteous.JT… https://t.co/HTdIgfruZ0— Angela Kathleen (@Angela Kathleen)1569902966.0
The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21. As of October 1, the NDP is polling at 13.8 percent, according to CBC's Canada Poll Tracker.