According to the Canadian CEO, the United States is responsible for the plane crash in Iran

<pre><pre>According to the Canadian CEO, the United States is responsible for the plane crash in Iran

Michael McCain, managing director of Canadian food packaging company Maple Leaf Foods, said one of his colleagues lost his wife and eleven-year-old son after Iranian forces shot down the Ukrainian Airlines jet on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

McCain said on Sunday evening in a series of tweets posted on his company's verified Twitter account that he believed President Donald Trump's actions in the Middle East were ultimately responsible for their deaths, and described them as " Collateral damage from "a poorly designed plan" distracts attention from political problems. "

The flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran Airport. Iran accidentally shot down the plane just a few hours after missiles were launched at Iraqi military bases where US troops are stationed. The attacks on these bases were in retaliation for a US drone attack on Baghdad's airport, in which Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed.

"I am very angry and time does not make me any less angry," McCain wrote, calling the recent events in Iran "an unnecessary, irresponsible series of events."

"Canadians have unnecessarily lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11-year-old son)!" He wrote. "We mourn and I'm angry."

Despite a modest presence on Twitter – the company's account has just over 2,400 followers – the comments triggered an immediate reaction on the Internet. At around 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, McCain's first tweet was liked about 27,000 times and retweeted 8,500 times. His additional tweets also received thousands of likes, retweets and replies.

Some social media users replied with supportive words, including a person who said McCain's answer "shows how much [of] an impact "the event is in Canadian" from all walks of life.

However, others answered calls to boycott the company.

"Fantastic Branding Practice" One user wrote, "All products manufactured by MLF are currently being looked up, and from now on no more products will be bought. It is one thing to express your personal beliefs on your own page, but to do so with the help of your companies [sic] Twitter page with logo is suicide! "

Maple Leaf Foods did not immediately respond to a comment request outside of normal business hours.

The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and has approximately 12,500 employees, according to its website. It produces meat and deli products and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.