Even Rachel Notley piled onto Drew Barne's ironic math mistake

Mar 27 2019, 8:40 pm

Drew Barnes is not having the best week.

After the United Conservative Party’s critic for finance made a few mistakes in a recent tweet calling out Alberta’s current education system, he promptly deleted the post — but not before a few social media users took notice and screenshotted the math (and spelling) errors.

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“42% has become acceptable as a passing great [sic]. Let that sink in,” tweeted Barnes, who is running for the riding of Cypress-Medicine Hat in the upcoming election.

“That means it has become acceptable for children to not know 68% of the material they are taught in school.”

Unfortunately, 42 + 68 actually adds up to 110 — a fact that was not lost on Twitter users, who ran with the ironic mistake.

Premier Rachel Notley piled onto the criticism on Tuesday, posting a tweet with a screenshot of Barnes’ writing “Not gonna say it…Not gonna say it….Not gonna say it…”

However, just 21 minutes after her initial tweet about the situation, Notley said it:

Those who were following the 2015 Alberta provincial election will know that Notley was referencing a debate between herself and then-Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, wherein Prentice told Notley “math is difficult” in what some considered a mocking tone as they were arguing about corporate tax rates.

Albertans will vote for their future provincial government, and education systems, on April 16.

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