Liberal leader Justin Trudeau became the butt of a few internet jokes after saying he wants to grow Canada's economy "from the heart outwards" during a campaign event in Regina on Wednesday.
"We're proposing a strong and real plan, one that invests in the middle class, so we can grow the economy, not from the top down, the way Mr. Harper wants to, but from the heart outwards. That's what Canada has always done well," Trudeau said.
The remarks prompted many to ask just what growing an economy "from the heart outwards" actually means.
How do you grow an economy from "the heart outwards"@JustinTrudeau? Explain please.— @jimmyyadig
Some took it as a chance to poke fun at the Liberal leader.
If elected, I will grow the economy from the heart outwards, protect the environment from the nose upwards, create jobs from the butt down.— @Justin_Ling
There were a lot of Care Bear jokes.
Justin Trudeau releases video re: his plan to grow the economy "not from the top down, but from the heart outwards." pic.twitter.com/mzveeQo7k1— @DaveMcGimpsey
Others came to Trudeau's defence.
We're so focused on the "from the heart outwards" part that were ignoring the "grow the economy" part, which is something we might need— @rymkrs
Including his top adviser.
Saying the middle class the heart of the Canadian economy is controversial? This explains a lot about the Harper Decade. #elxn42— @gmbutts
Trudeau did his best to clear things up as well.
Great to talk to people in Regina about our plan to strengthen the heart of the Canadian economy: the middle class. #elxn42— @JustinTrudeau