Canadian News Mar 25, 2021 3:03 PM EST

Trudeau Liberals paying for influencers to praise their health department

The Department of Health, led by Minister Patty Hajdu, paid for people to complement the department's work on Facebook and Twitter.

Trudeau Liberals paying for influencers to praise their health department
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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The Department of Health, led by Minister Patty Hajdu, paid for people to complement the department's work on Facebook and Twitter.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, the department said yesterday that it would pay influencers to promote the health department "as a trusted source of health information."

"Targeted audiences will be determined by each influencer," said a written notice by the department of health, noting that influencers would be paid to help promote the department's "credibility," while not “tarnish[ing] Health Canada's or the Government of Canada's reputation."

No budget for the project was detailed.

"Digital influencers are defined as people who have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic," the notice Influencer Marketing Programs reads, according to Blacklock's Reporter.

"They make regular posts about that topic on their preferred social media channels and generate large followings of enthusiastic, engaged people who pay close attention to their views."

Influencers are not required to tell their audience that they are being paid by the government to promote the Trudeau department of health.

Hajdu and her department have been on the receiving end of criticism for months, for a plethora of minor scandals.

The Trudeau health minister was hesitant to slow or restrict travel to and from virus hotbeds, namely China, out of fear of "discrimination in the Chinese-Canadian community," has repeatedly refused to take responsibility for Canada's depleted pandemic stockpile, lobbied to fine Canadians for breaking lockdown, flew a jet to her home six times to the tune of $112,000, and has discredited criticism of the Chinese regime as internet "conspiracy theories."

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