October 3, 2015 11:35 am
Updated: October 3, 2015 12:19 pm

Canadians take to Twitter to report ‘barbaric cultural practices’ to government

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander speaks to the media about Canada's plan to provide faster help for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees wishing to come to Canada during a press conference in Toronto on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

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Canadians are taking to Twitter to slam a recent election announcement from the Tories.

At a news conference on Friday Immigration Minister Chris Alexander reminded people about last November’s “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,” and announced a proposed RCMP tip line where people would be able to report any “incidents of barbaric cultural practices in Canada.”

“We need to stand up for our values,” Alexander said. “We need to do that in citizenship ceremonies. We need to do that to protect women and girls from forced marriage and other barbaric practices.”

But many people used this as an opportunity to sarcastically call out the government for anything they deemed “barbaric” using the hashtag #BarbaricCulturalPractices.

Others used it as a chance to poke fun at the prime minister himself.

But many Twitter users took a serious turn, and used the hashtag to criticize the attention drawn to aboriginal rights and the high numbers of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

And others still used the hashtag to comment on what they call the “muzzling” of Canadian scientists.

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