To Tweet or Not to Tweet? That is Trudeau’s Question
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is catching flack for a tweet he sent to a U.S. television personality, pledging Canadian money to a girl’s charity.
Trudeau tweeted the pledge during yesterday’s Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, an event held in South Africa to raise money to end global poverty. Instead of making a public announcement that Canada would pledge $50 million to an organization that supports the education of girls, the umbrage being taken because Trudeau directly tweeted the event’s host, (The Daily Show’s) Trevor Noah, notifying him about the money.
As expected, social media exploded after the Tweet became public. The controversy wasn’t about the fact that the money went to Education Cannot Wait. After all, who could argue against supporting an organization that funds schooling for children in poor or disaster-ridden countries. What really caused the furor was the manner in which Trudeau chose to announce the pledge and the belief that the money could be used here at home.
Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer took immediate exception to the PM’s tweet, not only to the cavalier way the Prime Minister announced a $50 million dollar use of taxpayer money, but also because of the self-serving way in which he sent it directly “to impress a TV personality” instead of the Canadian people.