People are boycotting Canadian Tire after anti-Trudeau parking lot party
Calls for boycotts against Canadian Tire have only increased following an unsanctioned anti-Trudeau party that took place on the grounds of one of its store's parking lots near Toronto.
Flyers of the event began to circulate on social media last week, and promoted a "F*ck Trudeau" party scheduled to take place at a Canadian Tire parking lot in Oakville.
My husband and I shop @CanadianTire a lot. Just last night in fact. If this unCanadian horse💩 keeps up, I will not be any longer. Neither will my husband. That’s a promise. A comment regarding this would be appreciated, Canadian Tire. https://t.co/SE8B9w32Vs— Vicki Campbell🇨🇦 (@merry123459) May 9, 2023
Many customers initially believed that the retail company was actually associated with the party because of its signature logo on the flyer, however, Canadian Tire quickly confirmed that they were not affiliated with the event.
Although one customer alleged that a Canadian Tire service representative assured her that the event would not be taking place, a small gathering did eventually form in the parking lot on Saturday.
Political uprising in suburbia. #cdnpoli #Oakville pic.twitter.com/Mfj2ZypgCX— Caryma Sa'd - Lawyer + Political Satirist (@CarymaRules) May 14, 2023
A neighbouring Montana's preemptively shut their doors to customers on Saturday evening, and posted a sign outside the restaurant that detailed its decision.
The official @MontanasBBQ statement: pic.twitter.com/Uraju2KkNu— Caryma Sa'd - Lawyer + Political Satirist (@CarymaRules) May 13, 2023
"Montana's will be closed on the evening of May 13th due to a large unsanctioned gathering in the area," the sign reads. "We take the safety of our guests and teammates very seriously and apologize for any inconvenience. We're happy to welcome you back tomorrow."
Lawyer and political satirist Caryma Sa'd was present at the rally, and uploaded several images and videos that showed the scene at the parking lot.
Parking lot party. #cdnpoli #Oakville pic.twitter.com/adlfrAaeIQ— Caryma Sa'd - Lawyer + Political Satirist (@CarymaRules) May 14, 2023
Although Canadian Tire made it very clear that they were not affiliated with the event, calls for boycotts only began to amplify once people suggested that the retail company didn't do enough to stop the rally from happening.
Nobody can say @canadiantire didn’t have ample warning that a bunch of hooligans were about to tarnish their brand name by holding a hate filled rally in their parking lot.— Dean from Winnipeg (@Dean_Winnipeg) May 14, 2023
They had plenty of warning and even promised it wouldn’t happen.
What a corporate disaster.
"@CanadianTire this is disgusting and your failure to kick them off your property is shameful," one person wrote.
Maybe @CanadianTire needed to take a stronger stance on this. Not a good look for them at all.— Kate Pawson Studer (@KatPaws) May 13, 2023
"Not shopping @CanadianTire what a sad thing to allow," another response reads.
Is this a real rally at Ctire?? I will boycott if it is and I visit that store a lot. https://t.co/XgSvXSOQRN— Sarah Payne (@drspayne_payne) May 13, 2023
Canadian Tire responded to multiple concerned comments over the weekend, writing, "Canadian Tire is not affiliated with this event. Local law enforcement was onsite Saturday and was authorized to take the necessary action to protect the safety and security of customers, store staff and community members."
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