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Vancouver MP Don Davies criticized for 'suspicious package' Tweet
Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies is the owner of the "worst Tweet in Canadian politics today", according to critics who blasted the NDP member for posting a joke that made light of the evacuation of the Prime Minister's Office.
On Wednesday, the PMO was evacuated after a man entered the building and left behind a suspicious, "suitcase-sized package". Reports say the man has been detained and the incident was described as a "bomb threat".
Davies's now-controversial Tweet read, "Reports of suspicious man and package in PMO office – that's Harper and a speech claiming to support consumers! #cdnpoli #ndp #can'tfoolus".
The Tweet was removed and Davies issued the following apology:
Glad person apprehended and everyone's safe - didn't mean to make light of safety issue— Don Davies (@DonDavies) October 16, 2013
Davies's message was labeled as the "worst Tweet in Canadian politics today" by Brian Lilley, although it should be noted that Lilley is the host on the conservative Sun News TV network.
Be it resolved @DonDavies had the worst tweet in Canadian politics today.— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) October 16, 2013
Jonathan Scott, the president of York Simcoe Liberals, called the Tweet "despicable".
After Davies issued his apologetic Tweet, he received the following responses:
@DonDavies Unfortunately you should be aware that the twitter knuckle draggers are always looking for a reason to pounce.— Ryan Delnick (@RDelnick) October 16, 2013
@DonDavies Wait, so if not making light, you were serious? That might make you look worse.— Jessica Falls (@Twat_Everything) October 16, 2013
An hour prior to that Tweet, Davies posted a link to the federal NDP's page – with a platform statement entitled "Conservatives have failed to help consumers" – along with the following 140-max characters: