Americans are taking time to say thanks to Canada following US President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Our neighbours down south are using Twitter in a positive way (contrary to their President) to let Canadians know they are appreciated with the hashtag #ThanksCanada.
Following Trump’s visit to Canada for the G7 Summit, the President took to Twitter to call Trudeau “very dishonest and weak” in regards to the current trade and tariffs battle between the US and Canada.
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
And Trump didn’t stop there as his rant continued on Sunday.
Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
Trump’s comments about our PM seem to have backfired as high-level politicians around the world are standing up for Trudeau.
And now it looks like Americans are siding with Canada too. American music writer David Wild began the #ThankCanada/ #ThanksCanada social media movement with this tweet:
My Fellow Americans, let’s all #ThankCanada for things we love they’ve brought to our lives. I’ll start: #ThanksCanada for @NeilYoung, @SCTV, @JoniMitchellcom, @Drake, #LeonardCohen, @celinedion, @KITHOnline. The Pursuit Of Happiness featuring @moeTPOH. Also hockey is cool. pic.twitter.com/Ec9GZBwbmA
— David Wild (@Wildaboutmusic) June 10, 2018
And the love is spreading. Americans are thanking Canada for our healthcare system, maple syrup, Drake, Neil Young, The Tragically Hip, hockey, and of course, our kindness. Check out some of the tweets below:
Canada – we think you’re great. You gave us Neil Young, Keanu Reeves, and peanut butter for crying out loud. Sorry about our President. He doesn’t speak for all of us. Thanks for being the best kind of neighbor. #ThankCanada
— Bernie Anderson (@BernieTheBard) June 10, 2018
#ThankCanada for providing my father in law with free cancer treatment for three years. His healthcare costs would’ve been in the millions in the US and would’ve bankrupted us all. Also, for my ER visit a couple of years ago, where I got the best medical attention ever.
— Missy (@TheBeiruti) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada for welcoming 50,000 Americans who wished to avoid the Vietnam draft and for being a true beacon of freedom for refugees from across the globe. Thanks for Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, BTO, hockey, James Naismith and the inspiration of Tommy Douglas. #ThankCanada
— The Quiet Dude (@RicksterWho) June 10, 2018
I’d like to #ThankCanada for my grandfather who grew up speaking French in a small village in BC, fought with the allies in WWII in the Canadian Navy, before moving to San Diego to start his family. https://t.co/DVU0vpi3Fn
— Colin Parent (@ColinParent) June 10, 2018
The Tragically Hip
Hockey Night in Canada
Your TV stations which enabled me to watch Simpsons reruns 4x a night OTA
Polka Dot Door
Virtue & Moir
Anne of Green Gables
— Kathleen (@bflosenrab) June 10, 2018
I just wanted to #ThankCanada for allowing me in for four years to get an amazing university education (at half the price of what a US uni would have cost). Oh, and I majored in PoliSci.
— Helen (@HelenUngerClark) June 10, 2018
My wife and I visited Toronto in 2005 before gay marriage was legal in everywhere in the US. We had a lovely time, and I will never forget your friendly, stylish city. #ThankCanada
— Googie Baba (@GoogieBaba) June 10, 2018
#ThankCanada for Hockey, Peanut Butter, Insulin, Lacrosse, and being kind!
— Jennifer McB (@compumomma) June 10, 2018
— Alf (@alfthree) June 10, 2018
Coming home from Afghanistan our plane stopped in a small airport in Canada where the entire herd of service members were greeted with applause and thanks from our brothers and sisters up north. That memory still touches my heart whenever I think of it. #ThankCanada
— Eric Parker (@RevSpidey82) June 11, 2018
discovery insulin, mapping visual cortex, creating new way of mutating organisms, discovering structure & geometry of free radicals, invention of CCD chip, develop computerized weather forecasting systems, develop of the Ricker curve, theory of plate tectonics #ThanksCanada
— Natasha Fatale #ProtectDreamers (@instinctnaturel) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada For hockey. And poutine. And Sidney Crosby. And ketchup chips. And for being awesome. (Seriously, you guys are way cooler than us) 🇨🇦❤
— gabriella marie (@WILDestdreams_3) June 11, 2018
“On 9/11, thousands of Americans on 238 airliners were diverted to Canada as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. Canada cared for them for days, The small town of Gander took in 7,000 people alone. In our hour of need, #Canada was there.” — Source: @NerdPyle #ThanksCanada
— Fillionista 🏳️🌈 (@TheCaskett) June 11, 2018
I met @JustinTrudeau in February. I said #ThanksCanada for being California’s 2nd largest trading partner, directly supporting over 1.1 million CA jobs. He was gracious and well spoken. I wish a Canadian legislator was able to say the same after meeting our head of state. pic.twitter.com/GRk6AQdP0Q
— Todd Gloria (@ToddGloria) June 11, 2018
My travels as an artist take me into Canada several times a year. I LOVE Canada and the Canadian people. The Canadian government actively supports the arts. They do this WAY better than the US gov’t, and I am forever grateful. #ThanksCanada https://t.co/e5A2GZbq7R
— Mary Gauthier (@marygauthier_) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada for the Tragically Hip and selling Aero Bars. Please ignore the Mango Mussolini. We still want to be friends.
— Aviva Detroit (@avivadetroit) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada for your great actors & comedians – Norma Shearer, Mary Pickford, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, Leslie Nielsen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, John Candy, Dave Thomas, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Phil Hartman
— 🌲Fox🌲 (@_OO_Fox_OO_) June 10, 2018
#thankscanada I have always admired the love and support our neighbors have given the US. Even when I was a little girl on a visit to Montreal, I had great love for the resilience of the Canadians. Bless you and Trudeau. We will get through this together.
— jill (@jille3832) June 10, 2018
Maple syrup, maple syrup, maple syrup, maple syrup, Rush, maple syrup, maple syrup, and maple syrup. #ThanksCanada
— Jed Kornbluh (@jedkornbluh) June 11, 2018
Yup, we’re pretty great.