Canada Environment minister blames 'mistake' after tweet praising Syria

18:25  08 november  2017
18:25  08 november  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said “clearly a mistake was made” Tuesday after a tweet from her official departmental account praised Syria for joining the Paris climate agreement.

Catherine McKenna is blaming a staffer after praise for Syria came from her department's official Twitter account. A tweet from the official federal environment and climate change minister account — @ec_ minister McKenna later called the tweet a " mistake " on an account that she controls herself.

Environment minister blames 'mistake' after tweet praising Syria© Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Environment minister blames 'mistake' after tweet praising Syria

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said "clearly a mistake was made" Tuesday after a tweet from her official departmental account praised Syria for joining the Paris climate agreement.

"Canada Salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris Agreement! Global #ClimateAction. #COP23," the tweet, since deleted, said.

Nicaragua and Syria were the final two countries to sign on to the climate accord, leaving the U.S. as the only United Nations-member state not supporting the agreement.

The tweet attracted dozens of complaints from other Twitter users, many of them pointing to the widely suspected use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said that “clearly a mistake was made” on Tuesday after she tweeted a praise for Syria from her official departmental account after the war-torn country stated it was eager to join the Paris climate agreement, CBC informs.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said “clearly a mistake was made” Tuesday after a tweet from her official departmental account praised Syria for joining the Paris climate agreement.

'Your public praise is misplaced'

McKenna's critics included Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt.

"Hey @ec_minister - this ... is actually what your gov't should be saying about Syria," a tweet from Raitt's account said, linking to a U.S. State Department tweet about chemical-weapons use in Syria.

Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, also weighed in, calling the 195-nation pact "empty virtue signalling."

The celebratory Nicaragua and Syria tweet was sent from @ec_minister. Its description says it is run by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

McKenna tweeted her response to the controversy from her personal account, @cathmckenna.

"Clearly a mistake was made from my Dept twitter. We've been clear that the murderous Assad regime must end attacks against its people."

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