Trudeau’s deputy PM faces investigation over social media post deemed fake news

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The Commissioner of Elections said Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland faces an investigation over a social media post tagged by Twitter as fake news. The Canada Elections Act prohibits any person from knowingly making a false statement to influence voters. According to the National Post, the Conservative Party moved forward with asking Elections Canada, via lawyer letters, to force the Liberals to remove the manipulated video. Freeland posted a deceptively edited interview clip of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole that Twitter called a case of video manipulation. “They’re importing American-style misleading politics,” said O’Toole Monday. “I think Canadians deserve better than that.” “Let me be clear,” he said, “I, 100 percent, support our public and universal healthcare system… It’s been the backbone we’ve relied on in the pandemic… In Canada’s Recovery Plan, we’re giving an additional 60 billion dollars to secure that public healthcare system.” The Conservative platform pledged to bolster provincial health transfers to provinces, which would cost the federal treasury about $60 billion over the next decade.

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