Andrew Scheer has taken his share of missteps on the campaign trail, and it looks like he might have just tripped up again. This time, the mistake seems to have shown up on Andrew Scheer's Twitter, along with an alarmist article from the Daily Mail.
The article itself was about infamous child-killer Jon Venables possibly moving to Canada after being released from prison on child pornography charges. In 1993 at the age of 10, Venables and Robert Thompson both abducted two-year-old James Bulger and murdered him. They were convicted but released at age 18.
Scheer tweeted a link to the story saying, "As Prime Minister I won’t let him come here. Where does Trudeau stand?" It was a clear political shot at his main opponent in the upcoming federal election.
The story was also tweeted by right-wing writer and Rebel Media editor Ezra Levant, who wrote, "Are @JustinTrudeau & @cafreeland actually inviting a convicted British child murderer to move to Canada to hide?"
Disturbing that this pedophile child killer might come to Canada. Apparently this isn’t the first time this has com… https://t.co/qBSxdPbWh3— Andrew Scheer (@Andrew Scheer)1567381685.0
Can this possibly be true? Are @JustinTrudeau & @cafreeland actually inviting a convicted British child murder… https://t.co/ZITFa2dkmi— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@Ezra Levant 🍁)1567373292.0
The story would be an alarming one if there were any actual truth to it. However, according to a report from the National Post published on June 24, an unnamed source from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said, "The reality is he (Venables) won’t get into the country. At the end of the day, protecting citizens of our country is the foremost thing. He represents a threat to national security."
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has also made it clear that anyone with a criminal record in another country may not be admitted within Canada's borders, as noted in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. A formal application for Venables was also never received by the Canadian Government.
Scheer's and Levant's tweets about the issue were first highlighted by political writer Alheli Picazo on Sep. 2. Even though the Daily Mail story has already been proven not to be true, both tweets remain posted on their respective pages as of Sep. 3.
Shameless fear-mongering, a story in three parts: #cdnpoli #elxn43 Check those timestamps. https://t.co/7DmhVN0HUo— Alheli Picazo (@Alheli Picazo)1567448174.0
If anything, this tweet shows that Scheer will use just about anything he can find to attack Trudeau, no matter how far he may be reaching.