Passport Canada draws criticism after questionable tweet encourages renewals

Nov 16 2020, 7:37 am

Some Canadian Twitter users are questioning a recent post from Passport Canada, who urged citizens to renew their passports for those planning a winter vacation.

A tweet posted on Passport Canada’s verified account on Friday afternoon asked, “Are you planning a winter vacation but don’t have a valid passport? Don’t wait, apply now!”

The tweet comes despite travel restrictions from the federal government, advising against all non-essential travel outside the country as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

The Government of Canada’s website says it has implemented “strict travel restrictions” and warns that Canadians “may have difficulty returning to Canada.” Travel to the US has also been limited to essential travel only and has been in place since March.

Passport Canada’s tweet comes while various countries around the world — including Canada — struggle with the second wave of COVID-19.

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Twitter users were quick to question Passport Canada’s tweet.

The tweet was shared with Hootsuite Inc., a social media app that schedules posts. It’s unclear if the Passport Canada tweet was previously scheduled, only to be removed when it was too late.

Daily Hive reached out to Global Affairs Canada for clarification but has yet to receive any additional details.

The original tweet has seen been deleted.

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