Trudeau gives Canada's economy its Care Bear moment
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, holds baby Adalyn Hayes while Erika Golem, right, laughs during a campaign visit to the Regina Farmers' Market in Regina on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell)
Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:13PM EDT
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's emotional promise to grow the faltering economy "from the heart outwards" ignited mockery on social media.
Trudeau was answering reporter's questions at a campaign stop in Regina and tried to to promote his party's economic plan.
"We’re proposing a strong and real plan one that invests in the middle class so that we can grow the economy, not from the top down the way Mr. Harper wants to, but from the heart outwards, that is what Canada has always done well with.”
Partisans quickly picked up on his remarks and took to Twitter.
Which included the revival of the loveable bears from the '80s.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair described Trudeau's comments as a "unique perspective."
"I don’t think you can grow the economy with touchy feeling slogans," he said.
But the state of Canada's economy is no laughing matter. Slumping oil prices, China’s devalued yuan and a weak manufacturing sector at home has the country in precarious territory.
Neither the Conservatives, Liberals, or NDP have released a fully costed platform or have explained how they would pay for big ticket spending promises should government revenues decline.