The Conservative Party of Canada has pulled an attack ad from its Twitter page showing a black man with a suitcase sauntering across the border. A carpet composed of a tweet from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the illegal into the country.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
As the man enters Canada through a broken fence, he is greeted with the words “faith” and “diversity.” As the Canadian Press reports, the picture is a Photoshopped version of imagery showing a group of illegal border crossers entering Canada along the New York-Quebec border.
The ad also borrowed some lines from a Financial Post op-ed piece, warning that “Trudeau’s holier-than-thou tweet causes migrant crisis — now he needs to fix what he started.”
The Conservative opposition has noted that Canada’s current border crisis dates back to February 2017, just after Trudeau issued his now infamous tweet. They maintain that the open borders message it sent remains a primary cause of the influx of illegals streaming into Canada.
Conservative Party media liaison told the Canadian Press that the ad was removed because it appeared as if the party was blaming the border crisis on one specific group of people.
Trudeau Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has become increasingly vocal in his condemnation of those who want the federal government to stop the flow of illegals, calling critics “un-Canadian” and guilty of promoting fear and division. But he has stopped short of accusing anyone of outright racism.