While the federal election is still so far away, the parties aren't wasting any time getting their attack ads out against each other, particularly in the case of Conservative ads against Justin Trudeau.
But one specific ad has Canadians divided. While some believe it is racist and controversial, others are saying it just tells the truth and there is nothing wrong with it.
The ad, which was originally posted on the Conservative Party's Twitter page, shows a black man crossing "illegally" into Canada over a bridge that is actually a tweet Justin Trudeau put out last year saying Canada welcomed refugees.
The tweet has been blamed for the increase in refugees that Canada has seen, especially from the United States, but that's not what the debate is on here.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 28 January 2017
The Conservatives actually took down the ad after they were criticized by many Canadians for being racist towards black people. In taking it down a spokesperson for the party said it misrepresented the migrant issue and that the situation isn't just about one group of people.
More shame on the conservative party! Racists in #Canada not due to Trump. The conservative #party is increasing #hate in Canada.— DLJ (@DLJhalton) 18 July 2018
CBC News: Conservative party pulls attack ad of black man walking over Trudeau tweet.https://t.co/MT9a8atdDJ
However, other Canadians are responding on Twitter saying the ad shouldn't have been taken down since it doesn't say anything that is wrong and the image of the man was taken from an actual photo of refugees coming across the border.
Why is it controversial and why do you call it an attack. Go look at live footage. This is who's coming across at the invitation of Trudeau. Certainly not blond , blue eyed or Asian looking people. Let's burry the truth as always— Fania Finance (@FaniaFinance) 18 July 2018
Hmm— EasternOar (@EasternOar) 18 July 2018
The Ad, which is Correct. is Controversial?
Pretty sure Peter Pan's Open Borders Policy is Controversial#BecauseIts a #GongShow#TrudeauJr #PeterPanPM #AtwalKhadrBoyleISISIran #Sockboy #UsefulIdiot2TheWorld #BlankStares #DramaticSighs #PeopleKind #MagicKingdom
While Canadians can't agree on whether or not this specific ad is problematic, they do agree that the migrant crisis needs to be addressed, especially after Ontario Premier Doug Ford and various mayors like Toronto's John Tory have expressed concerns about the situation.
Source: National Post