Justin Trudeau Calls For Election On 9/11 Anniversary & Canadians Say It's "Disrespectful"
Twitter users also called the move "ignorant."
Justin Trudeau has officially asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, meaning that today is the first day of the Federal Election. Of course, today is also the anniversary of the deadliest foreign attack on American soil. Justin Trudeau's election call may be Parliamentary procedure, but some Canadians are questioning his timing.
While he did call the election today, Trudeau also shared a post in remembrance of 9/11 on Twitter, along with an official statement from the Office of the Prime Minister. "Today, on the 18th anniversary of this tragedy, we remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks, which included 24 Canadians," Trudeau wrote. "We offer our condolences to those who continue to grieve their lost loved ones."
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the first responders who were there back in 2001. "Surrounded by destruction and debris, firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and ordinary people raced up the steps of the collapsing towers to rescue survivors, and fought for days to extinguish flames at the Pentagon," Trudeau wrote in the statement.
Despite the statement and acknowledgment of 9/11, there were still a number of Canadians on Twitter who found the timing of the election call to be, in their words, "disrespectful" and "ignorant."
The election call also coincided with a report thatfrom fully investigating any obstruction of justice during the SNC-Lavalin case.
According to CBC News, when Trudeau was asked about the investigation during a press conference in Ottawa, he replied, "We gave out the largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada's history. We respect the decisions made by our professional public servants. We respect the decisions made by the clerk."
Still, there were some replies on Twitter thanking the Prime Minister for his words, both from Canadians and Americans alike.
Canada's federal election will take place on Oct. 21. As of Sept. 10, the CBC Poll Tracker shows the Liberal and Conservative parties tied at 33.8 percent.