Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Sunday to comedian Trevor Noah who hosted the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, that Canada will contribute $50 million to a global charity for children’s education.
Noah said “This is amazing!” as Trudeau’s tweet was shown on a big screen at the concert.
Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 2, 2018
But the tweet drew criticism both for its content and its form. The PM was accused of being “tone deaf” and accused of trying to get noticed by a TV star.
See response from Conservative MP Michelle Rempel and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Pledging $50 million in a tweet to impress a TV personality?
Taxpayers need a defender not somebody who throws their money around to be popular with celebrities.
This is how deficits become massive and permanent. https://t.co/lBdAtzH0eX
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) December 3, 2018
Canada had previously kicked in $20 million over two years, so this is a re-up and also a bump in funding. https://t.co/hSa1DY7Z6O
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) December 3, 2018
Global Citizen is an organization that wants to end extreme poverty by 2030. Its Mandela 100 campaign sought to bring in $1 billion US in donations, and Global Citizen tweeted that the campaign surpassed that goal, bringing in over $7 billion.