The CEO of Canada's largest food processor condemns President Donald Trump and other U.S. political leaders for the crash of a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane in Iran that killed 176 people, including dozens of Canadians.
Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain said in a tweet on Sunday that the wife and family of a company colleague were among the dead. In a devastating series of tweets, he also said the United States had "invented a poorly thought-out plan to divert the focus from political concerns."
"A narcissist in Washington is tearing apart the achievements of the world, destabilizing the region. The US is now unwelcome everywhere in the region, including Iraq. Tensions escalated to feverish bad luck," added McCain.
The jetliner crashed early Wednesday after Iran launched rocket attacks on two Iraqi military bases with American troops. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard admitted that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian jet. The attacks were in response to the US airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani days earlier.
Numerous CanadiansPartly because, according to the BBC, the country is home to a large community of Iranian descent, as well as Iranian doctoral and post-doctoral students.
"63 Canadians have unnecessarily lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11-year-old son)! We mourn and I'm angry," McCain wrote.
McCain's tweets went viral on social media, with more than 42,000 likes and nearly 13,000 retreats on Monday morning. Some respondents vowed not to buy Maple Leaf Foods products, while others said they would support the company.
Maple Leaf Foods employs more than 12,000 people and produces bacon, sausage and other meat products under the Maple Leaf brand.