It's quite customary for public figureheads to wish the public a merry Christmas. Even celebrities take to social media these days to wish their fans happy holidays, and usually, the messaged is well received. Unfortunately, when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to release a message of his own, it was received very differently by Canadians.
It all started when Trudeau took to Twitter to post a nearly two-minute video clip picturing the Prime Minister in front of holiday decorations and a Canadian flag set up in the background. While Trudeau is usually good in front of cameras, the video has a similar awkward air as that Stephen Harper video from 2015 where he talked about Netflix and Breaking Bad *shudder*.
Merry Christmas, Canada! Sophie and I wish you joy, health, love and peace at this most wonderful time of year. pic.twitter.com/ek1bUQEh8m— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 24, 2018
Though it wasn't how awkward the video was that was getting Canadians riled up. In fact, it seemed most Canadians just took the opportunity to air out their frustrations when it comes to Canada and the Prime Minister's performance. The influx in criticism makes sense considering Trudeau's latest approval ratings are the worst they've ever been. Though Canadians were making more cutthroat comments than usual:
"All I want for Christmas is a new PM!"— Gord III (@GordOfTheRings) December 25, 2018
Please resign and make it an even much more wonderful time of the year. We have to save Canada.— Wayne Nicholson (@WayneNi91310002) December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas...Mr prime minister. But this fake message will not change my vote come October 2019 sir. All the best to you and your family.— Gatorluver (@Gatorluver1) December 25, 2018
Another Christmas under Indian Act Apartheid. Just want to remind you that some families on reserve social assistance receive around 30% less than the rates the rest of Canadians receive while on assistance. No other choice when unemployment rate is at 80%.— Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) December 25, 2018
How does it make life easier for familes when you plan on burdening them more with a Carbon Tax in 2019. Nice speech good to here you say Merry Christmas but I can't help but think of pinnochio listening to your false claims..what you have done to our country is devastating— Ms. Kathy Katula (mother) (@courage99peace) December 25, 2018
Considering the Christmas season is now over and Canadians are focusing on the final big event of the year, Trudeau will probably attempt to leave this awkward social media blunder in 2018. Clearly, the possibility of a 'happy new year' message may be in jeopardy considering the response to this holiday message!