A Vancouver craft brewery is facing some social media backlash after it held a private event for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
On Thursday morning, Harper was at Red Truck Brewery’s Vancouver facility at the False Creek Flats as part of his latest stop on the 78-day federal election campaign.
Since then, hundreds of people have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure of the company’s apparent association with the party, with some going as far as vowing to never drink Red Truck beer.
But at the same time, people have also been coming to the brewery’s defence as they are merely conducting business. Some also made comparisons with the recent incident in the United States when a baker refused to bake cakes for gay wedding and whether those who are upset at Red Truck would also turn against the Vancouver Canucks if a Conservative event was held at Rogers Arena.
Thanks for your comments but Red Truck does not identify with any political ideology but we support industry in BC. https://t.co/UGZHaJTGzD
— Red Truck Beer (@RedTruckBeer) October 8, 2015
Red Truck maintains that doing business does not mean an endorsement. Next week, they will also be hosting an event for the Liberal Party of Canada.
. @RedTruckBeer despite my dislike for Harper I still think u guys have a good thing going. Businesses have to stay impartial & u did.
— nightMair Creative (@nightMairC) October 8, 2015
Going to buy some @RedTruckBeer to offset some of the political nutters who put politics before hops.
— Bill Brasky (@Polkameister) October 8, 2015
— Liz Blackwood (@Liz_Blackwood) October 9, 2015
— Lindsay Brown (@Lidsville) October 9, 2015
— Peter Louwe (@peterlouwe) October 9, 2015
@RedTruckBeer Any company that supports Harper will never get my support. I love craft beer but Red Truck is off my list.
— Neville Gosling (@Nevgoz) October 9, 2015
— Kevin Vanstone (@KevinVanstone) October 8, 2015
— Hanna Cho (@hannerl) October 8, 2015
— Heather Greig (@OurLadyofMXs) October 8, 2015
— Sammy Dee (@sammydee15) October 8, 2015