Brett Wilson, a man who many Albertans may know from his time as an investor on the TV show Dragon’s Den, has stirred up some Twitter controversy ahead of the 2019 Alberta provincial election.
On Thursday, April 11, Wilson uploaded a photo to his 183,000-follower Twitter account. The photo showed what appears to be Alberta Premier Rachel Notley standing in the background while a woman holds an anti-pipeline sign in the foreground.
Pictures don’t lie. Pictures tell a story.
If you vote for @albertaNDP you vote is against Alberta.
Our minister of the environment and the good Premier seen here campaigning AGAINST Canada’s energy industry.
Supported by eco-terrorist movements.
— * W. Brett Wilson * (@WBrettWilson) April 11, 2019
Additional text on the photo included arrows identifying Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, though Wilson was quickly corrected by none other than Phillips’ own mother in a response to his tweet.
“…FYI…this is not Shannon Phillips. I know very well because I am her Mom. Please apologize,” wrote Barb Phillips just six hours after the initial tweet was published.
“I used to have much respect for you on Dragon’s Den. You disappoint me with your poor use of Twitter on this and many other posts. Facts matter.”
@ WBrettWilson …FYI…this is not Shannon Phillips. I know very well because I am her Mom. Please apologize. I used to have much respect for you on Dragon’s Den. You disappoint me with your poor use of twitter on this and many other posts. Facts matter.
— Barb Phillips (@BarbPhillips11) April 12, 2019
Somewhat ironically, Wilson had included text in the same tweet which read:
“Pictures don’t lie. Pictures tell a story. If you vote for
@albertaNDP you vote is against Alberta. Our minister of the environment and the good Premier seen here campaigning AGAINST Canada’s energy industry. Supported by eco-terrorist movements. Goodbye #Rachel”
Following the realization that the information he published in his tweet was incorrect, Wilson simply included a follow-up tweet stating “And it’s Shannon’s sister someone said. Who cares. Point made.”
In response to someone pointing out that the person in the picture is not who he claimed it to be, Wilson offered the following response: “Oh well.”
— * W. Brett Wilson * (@WBrettWilson) April 12, 2019
The tweet sparked a heated debate, with many calling Wilson out for what was either a straight-up mistake or willful ignorance when publishing the incorrectly labelled photo.
Seriously? You’re privileged to be in a position to be part of the solution to this fear mongering, not the problem. 4 million people in Alberta. Not all have the status you do! This is pure ignorance on your part.
— tintin (@welshlad1081) April 12, 2019
It’s hilarious that you profess how “pictures don’t lie,” while sharing a picture that is indeed lying and spreading misinformation.
Then say you “don’t care.”
The “point made” is that you’ve undermined your own credibility. Clearly yours is a voice not worth listening to.
— Fauph (@TheFauph) April 12, 2019
So what’s that then? Pictures don’t lie… But you do.
— John ♐ (@ZooCherkas) April 12, 2019
As much as I would enjoy if it was Shannon, I think your right.
— Randy Watson (@pi_edm) April 11, 2019
Others were quick to echo Wilson’s sentiment, stating that it didn’t matter who was actually holding the sign in the photo — what actually mattered was that Notley had been standing somewhat nearby in the background.
Lot’s of Desperate Dippers coming in to say that’s not Shannon Phillips, however, not one saying that’s not Rachel Notley. Which is the REAL problem with this photo!!
— Platty (@Plattytalk) April 12, 2019
All Albertan’s must take note of this. Like I have always maintained, Not let and Trudeau do not want Pipelines!
— Allan Bouwers (@AllanBouwers) April 12, 2019
These are both mean, malicious and hateful women – they both deserve to be totally repudiated on April 16.
— Rick Parker 🦅 Alberta Freedom (@HappyintheWest) April 12, 2019
They should be investigated for tax fraud
— Steve Robertson (@SteveRo43061366) April 12, 2019