"We like to say 'peoplekind, ' not necessarily 'mankind, ' because it's more inclusive", said Trudeau, interrupting her.
"There you go", the woman responded approvingly.
A seemingly off-the-cuff remark by Justin Trudeau morphed into a scornful segment on one of U.S. President Donald Trump's favourite TV shows Tuesday just as the prime minister heads to the U.S.in hopes of selling Canada's virtues stateside.
A female Canadian MP took to twitter to apologies on Trudeau's behalf.
She later told DailyMail.com that she wasn't offended by what he said.
You might recall that our gender neutral friends north of the border recently passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender inclusive.
But he has been attacked by outspoken anti-LGBT presenter Piers Morgan who called him a "politically correct plonker" for using the word.
A young woman from the World Mission Society Church of God, a controversial feminist church founded in South Korea, asked a question from the audience. It believes in both God the Father and God the Mother, with an emphasis on the latter.
Colon filed a lawsuit against the group alleging it "used a number of psychological control tactics... to prevent its members from exposing its criminal and tortious behaviour".
Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, said that the "pile-on" was misleading as Trudeau was "lightly ribbing a woman who was rambling about the power of women" and accused it of omitting important context.
The Prime Minister has yet to comment on why he chose to use the word "peoplekind" that doesn't exist in the English language instead of suggesting something else.