Social media anger over Vancouver brewery's hosting of event for Stephen Harper

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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.

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.

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