Trudeau underfire for pledging $50M charity gift in tweet to Trevor Noah

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.

See tweet

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.

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.

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