Justin Trudeau was humiliated this week after a tweet from his deputy prime minister attempting to paint Conservative leader, Erin O’Toole, as an advocate for private health care was labelled as “manipulated media.”
Twitter flagged the tweet from Chrystia Freeland after she posted spliced-together clips of O’Toole answering a question about private, for-profit options in universal health coverage.
However, when asked Monday about the deliberate attempt to smear O’Toole, Trudeau doubled down on the Liberal attack line and encouraged Canadians to watch the recording in its entirety.
"Can you believe that?!" — Chrystia Freeland
— Stephen Taylor (@stephen_taylor) August 23, 2021
““We know that we need to invest more money in health care, we need to work with the provinces to improve data-sharing and outcomes for Canadians across the country,” Trudeau said in a largely empty room at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
“Those are the conversations we’re going to have. This announcement today doubles down on the Liberal party’s commitment to public, universal health care at the same time as we’ve seen Erin O’Toole double down on his belief in a two-tiered, private, for-profit system.”
O’Toole was quick to respond to the manipulated tweet with the Liberals, criticizing the party’s tactics as dirty politics.
“(Trudeau is) dividing and misleading Canadians on a daily basis, and with their social media yesterday, they’re importing American-style misleading politics,” he said. “I think Canadians deserve better than that.”
This is nothing more than a typical play from the Liberal Party handbook; pretending to be morally righteous while using social media to produce divisive and untrue smear campaigns.
What is even more bizarre is Trudeau’s inability to apologize for the tweet and come clean.
Either he genuinely believes that the tweet by Freeland is true, or he knows it’s fabricated and is too proud/embarrassed to admit it. It is most likely the latter, and something the CPC should use to prove that Trudeau is entirely unfit for a third term.
(Photo credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jason Franson)