Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Maple Leaf Foods CEO blames Trump for plane crash in Iran

Maple Leaf Foods CEO blames Trump for plane crash in Iran

The company is under fire after a bunch of tweets that appeared to be aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump surfaced on the company's official Twitter account.

McCain, meanwhile, said he's still grappling with the death of his colleague's wife and 11-year-old son.

Without explicitly naming Mr Trump, he suggested "a narcissist in Washington" ultimately caused the air tragedy.

Long-standing US-Iran tensions have soared since January 3 when missiles fired from a US drone killed a top Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani, near Baghdad's airport.

IN voters widely supported Trump in the 2016 USA election, with all but four districts in the state backing his presidency. In response to an interview request from Yahoo Finance Canada, Riley said that McCain "would prefer to let the messages in his tweets speak for themselves".

In a statement to Global News, Maple Leaf Foods confirmed the CEO was behind the tweets.

"I'm trying to think of a parallel example but I really can't because it's so unique". A boycott there could be felt more, though most companies boycotted by the American right seem to come out of it just fine eventually.

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His spokesperson, Janet Riley, said that after careful consideration from the CEO, "he asked us to post it and we did".

"I'm Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections", says the first of several tweets.

"Michael McCain sits on RBC's board of directors, [Maple Leaf] has other institutional shareholders", he added.

"If he was a private citizen sending the tweet, it really doesn't matter, but he isn't", Lee said. The debate over how much responsibility for the plane's destruction lies with Trump's decision to assassinate a high-ranking Iranian general has divided users on social media, though we have yet to see any polling of how Canadians in general view Trump's culpability. "It went far beyond an expression of sympathy". On Monday, the hashtag #BoycottMapleLeafFoods was trending in Canada on Twitter. It's not exactly clear what retaliatory measures Trump would have at his disposal, but the company is in the process of building a new US$310-million plant-based protein food processing plant in IN and from time to time makes acquisitions in the USA that require regulatory approvals, so the risk that Trump allies could pursue petty reprisals down the road is not completely off the table. "Knowing Maple Leaf Foods' expansion plans in the US, you can only appreciate how risky a message like that is, given how it could be perceived by Americans". The company said the facility will be the largest investment of its kind in North America.

After days of denials, Iran said on Saturday its military had shot down the plane in a "disastrous mistake".

In the meantime, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says visas have been approved for eight more Canadian officials to travel to Iran to help with the investigation.

Iran's president has admitted the plane was mistakenly shot down after it was mistook for a hostile target. Just under one-in-five Canadians have a positive view of Trump, and if even only some of them vote with their wallets to skip that package of Maple Leaf bacon or Schneiders wieners on their next grocery trip, the company will notice.

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