After a spate of hate comments and phone calls, a pub at the PEI has removed images of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from its social media accounts.
Trudeau had lunch at Lone Oak’s Charlottetown Pub during a brief stopover on the island last week.
In the pub, owners, employees and customers took their photos with the prime minister. The pub later published these images on their social media platform.
Jared Murphy, co-owner and CEO of Lone Oak Brewing Company, said they were thrilled to receive the Prime Minister at the pub, which only opened in mid-May.
“We had thousands of comments”
Three of PEI’s four Liberal MPs, including Charlottetown MP Sean Casey, Malpec MP Heather MacDonald and Cardigan MP Lawrence McAuley, were also in the pub and appeared in some photos with the Prime Minister.
At Lone Oak, owners, staff and customers took their photos with the Prime Minister. The pub later shared these images on their social media pages. (lone oak)
“Within a few hours we had thousands of comments, we got hundreds of private messages, now we’re getting calls to the brewery and all these comments are extremely negative, obscene, a lot of profanity is used. “Sexual abuse by our staff,” Murphy said in an interview outside the pub.
“To see a group of people who have never visited our house taking political positions, making threats against our brewery and saying they are bringing us down, that they will wait for us to file for bankruptcy, until they are done With us, it was really hard for our staff to see that,” he said.
In addition to comments on social media, private messages and phone calls, photos of three Lone Oak owners denouncing alleged Trudeau supporters have appeared on a national website.
“Of course it seemed counterintuitive”
Casey called the campaign against Lone Oak “extremely unfortunate”. He said he reached the prime minister’s office and was told it had happened in other parts of Canada but that it was the first time it had happened in Atlantic Canada.
Charlottetown Assemblyman Sean Casey called the campaign against Lone Oak “extremely unfortunate”. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)
The Charlottetown MP brought up the idea of having lunch at Trudeau’s pub.
“I feel bad that the owners are going through this,” Casey said.
He said: “Even if I had considered the downside, I would have recommended him. I think it’s an honor to have someone in public life and that’s a good profile for business,” they said.
“Obviously that seemed a bit counterintuitive, but I believe that the islanders will flock to this business and that most of the people offering this abuse are not local. ”
“It was nothing political”
Malpec MP Heather McDonald said the prime minister’s pub visit was aimed at helping a small business.
Murphy, left, speaks to waitresses Emma McKinnon and Rachel McKay. Murphy says he’s most concerned about the impact all of the criticism is having on his employees. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)
Macdonald blamed “right-wing extremism” for the campaign against the PEI pub.
“It’s a new business, three young people are trying to get in,” McDonald said.
“It wasn’t political, it was a restaurant tour and a chance for her to show herself to a prime minister.”
Back at the bar, Murphy said the negative comments haven’t had a major impact on his business yet. He added that a handful of people who said they had supported the pub in the past said they would not be returning.
But he worries about an online campaign to lower his pub’s ratings.
“It’s kinda the other way around”
Since launching this online campaign against Lone Oak, the pub’s rating has dropped from 4.8 to 2.8 from 5.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with families at Tea Hill Park in Stratford, Prince Edward Island last week. (Kate McKenna/CBC)
“And that could negatively impact our business, which is really quite disappointing,” Murphy said, adding that PEI is a popular tourist destination and many tourists use these ratings to help decide where to go.
“For a group of individuals who are now threatening a small business, it is intuitive to take the point they are making against the Prime Minister.”
Political commentator and journalist Rick McLean said the political landscape in Canada is deteriorating and is pointing the finger at the US. He believes this is a new reality being pushed by social media platforms, and Lonely Oak is paying the price.
“I think social media has fundamentally changed the way we get information, and I’m concerned that because it’s changed the way we get information, it will change our behavior as well . “Not just how we vote, but how we treat each other and how we treat politicians,” McLean said.
“I will definitely open my shop to any elected official”
The pub’s owners have not ruled out voicing their concerns to the police.
Despite the online fire, Murphy says he will have the prime minister back no matter what his political leanings. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)
Despite the online firestorm, Murphy said he would have the prime minister back, no matter the political persuasion.
“I would certainly open my business to any elected official in our democratic country.”