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Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:29 am Post subject: Trudeau's $50 million dollar tweet
( trudeau gave away $50 million dollars to a previously unheard of charity run by an American celebrity and he doesn't seem to understand why Canadians are upset )
FUREY: Trudeau faces blow back from all corners for $50M giveaway over Twitter
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December 4, 2018
December 4, 2018 8:34 AM EST
Toronto SUN ›
As over-the-top virtue-signalling statements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau go, this latest one has it all. Early Sunday morning, the PM issued an odd social media post directed at Trevor Noah, the host of the mildly amusing The Daily Show.
Here it is in full: “Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the [Global Citizen] 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.”
It really has everything, doesn’t it? The contrived casual tone. The deference to a so-so American celebrity who is only liked by a rather narrow and niche progressive crowd. The shout-out to Trudeau’s obsession with gender issues, which is so excessive it’s now getting creepy. The reference to a conference that sounds like a fake conference name that someone came up with when joking with their friends about what you’d call an event that’s totally peak Trudeau.
You get the idea. And Trudeau’s been roundly pilloried for it online.
On Monday morning I turned on my Twitter feed and the blowback was coming from all over. The response was non-partisan and even some typically Liberal-compliant journalists got involved.
One of the most popular responses was from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who weighed in to say: “Pledging $50 million in a tweet to impress a TV personality? Taxpayers need a defender not somebody who throws their money around to be popular with celebrities. This is how deficits become massive and permanent.”
That’s what rubbed so many people the wrong way. Not the project or the cause. But the flippant manner, how Trudeau just seemed to be tossing $50 million around like he’s throwing a fiver in a jar at some charity event at his local bar. “Hey dude – want $50 big ones? No not bucks, millions. Let’s do it! Boo-yah!”
The high-fiving bro aspect to this also distracted from the actual program being funded. The recipient of Trudeau’s social media largesse is called Education Cannot Wait, which funds schooling for kids in places like war zones and refugee camps.
In a press release the group thanked Trudeau, stating that: “The funding will provide much-needed gender-responsive education for girls living in the midst of crisis, in war zones, in refugees camps, in displacement and in emergency settings.”
What’s curious is it’s not actually an organization itself, but a global fund that doles out collected money to other organizations. Maybe it makes sense to give the group some money. Maybe it doesn’t. After all, we’ve got our own problems right here. But how Trudeau and Co. chose to make the announcement doesn’t allow much room for any sort of serious discussion about it.
Instead, the way Trudeau did it makes it all seem like the big picture international version of when the check-out person at the liquor store hastily asks you just before you’re about to tap your credit card whether or not you’d like to donate $2 to feed the children.
The Liberals haven’t responded well to the unexpected blowback. Trudeau’s right-hand man Gerald Butts, who continues to frustrate Liberal insiders by keeping up his social media vanity, implied that Scheer’s opposition was because this was money going to something involving both women and Nelson Mandela, the implication being that those mean and nasty Conservatives are just being sexist and racist.
Howard Anglin, who worked in the Harper PMO, responded to Butts’ quite appropriately: “Even many who think the cause is worthy were put off by the flippant tone,” Anglin wrote. “And [Butts’] response, at once thin-skinned and oozing moral superiority, ain’t helping.”
That’s the key part. The whole moral superiority of giving away $50 million of taxpayer dollars to some previously unheard of global project at some globalist conference that those very taxpayers have also never heard of. But what do they know, right? They’re just the little people. “Work for you? Let’s do it!”
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Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:31 am Post subject:
Trudeau slammed for tweet to Trevor Noah pledging money
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December 3, 2018
December 3, 2018 3:34 PM EST
Toronto SUN ›
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing criticism on social media after tweeting to a celebrity that Canada will contribute $50M toward a cause.
Trudeau tweeted to South African comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah that Canada would pledge $50M to Education Cannot Wait, an organization that funds education for children affected by conflicts, natural disasters and other crises.
Trudeau thanked Noah for celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the Global Citizen festival, an initiative aimed at ending extreme poverty, and says he’s sorry can’t be there but offered to donate money to support education for women and girls around the world tweeting, “Work for you? Let’s do it.”
Reaction on Twitter was swift.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused Trudeau on Twitter of pledging $50M in a tweet to impress a TV personality.
Scheer tweeted that taxpayers need a defender, not someone who throws money around to be popular with celebrities.
Other social media users say they support the cause, but took issue with the way Trudeau announced Canada’s support.
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