Although the audience cheered and applauded when Trudeau criticized “the politics of division and fear,” they did not respond in kind to his comment about supporting gay marriage and women’s rights.
Some of the seating at the conference was segregated by gender. A woman named Mona Sharkawy complained on Twitter that she and her husband were ejected from the conference because they had sat in the men’s section. She wrote that they had only done so after discovering there were no seats available in the family section. In one of her Tweets, she said of Trudeau, “Wonder if he knows what he is supporting?!”