Remember when Environment Minister Catherine McKenna sent a tweet thanking Syria for signing on to the Paris Accord on climate change?
“Canada salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris agreement. #GlobalClimateaction.”
In the face of overwhelming backlash, McKenna blamed her department staff for the crazy message, taking to her favourite platform to tweet “clearly a mistake” made from her "Department Twitter." She then tweeted that the “Liberals have made it clear that the murderous Assad regime must end attacks against its people.”
Now we can tell you the full story about how that social media flub came to be from a series of internal emails we came across in a stack of access to information documents from the Environment Ministry.
Catherine McKenna wasn't exactly forthright when she denied knowledge of the tweet, and today I’ll show you internal emails proving the tweet was meticulously planned, and that her office gave the final go-ahead.
Indeed, the only thing these bureaucrats were worried about was ensuring the correct translation for the French language version of the tweet!