For better or worse, Twitter is here to stay. Tweets by prominent people can make or break somebody’s public relations.
Like anything, some people are good at navigating the shark-infested virtual waters of Twitter, while others, not so much.
The Liberal government has had a mostly negative relationship with Twitter. Although praised as a world leader that successfully cultivates a positive social media presence, Canadians know that Justin Trudeau has a knack for bungling Tweets.
Here are four of the most disastrous Tweets written by the Prime Minister and his government.
1. Trudeau’s #WelcometoCanada tweet that will cost Canadian taxpayers $600 million by 2020
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
This tweet will likely go down as one of Justin Trudeau’s biggest PR mistakes. Now that the government has effectively lost control of the border and are attempting to cover it up come election time, people will point to this simple message as the root cause of it all.
In an attempt to distance himself and posture against the tough on immigration policies of Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau’s ego opened Canada’s gates to unprecedented levels of asylum seekers.
The latest reports are projecting the cost of asylum seekers to reach a high of $600 million by 2020.
That is one expensive Tweet, Mr. Prime Minister.
2. Foreign Policy Canada’s criticism of Saudi Arabia that lead to a trade freeze
Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.
— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018
Foreign affairs policy is a particularly sensitive political arena that should be reserved to diplomatic negotiations outside of the public eye.
However, this was not how Foreign Policy Canada dealt with Saudi Arabia in a tweet that lead to an ongoing trade dispute and frigid confrontation with the Kingdom.
Foreign Policy Canada’s criticism of the imprisonment of activists in Saudi Arabia drew ire from the nation claiming that Canada should mind its business.
Canada didn’t fare very well when several of its allies refused to defend Canada’s condemnation.
3. Justin Trudeau’s $50 million tweet to comedian Trevor Noah
Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 2, 2018
If I had a dollar for every dollar lost because of a tweet by our Prime Minister I would likely be a billionaire.
On December 2nd, Justin Trudeau pledged $50 million to Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show, to the humanitarian group Education Cannot Wait.
For a tweet that apparently took three weeks to plan, this one wasn’t particularly well thought out.
While Indigenous Canadians are without clean water on reserves, Veterans are struggling to get disability benefits and the housing crisis is spiraling out of control, Trudeau freely throws money around as if it were his.
4. That time Justin Trudeau forgot you need government ID to purchase a firearm
We’re also introducing stronger and more rigorous background checks on gun sales. And if you want to buy a gun, by law you’ll have to show a license at the point of purchase. Right now that’s not a requirement.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 20, 2018
Apparently Trudeau, who is a gun owner himself, forgot that it is required by law to present a Possession and Acquisition License when purchasing a gun in Canada.
For a lawmaker and a Prime Minister, Mr. Trudeau seems to be quite ignorant of Canadian law.
At the same time Justin Trudeau pushes for stricter gun control measures and makes gun ownership by law-abiding citizens unnecessarily difficult.