Rick Mercer is firing back after a Conservative candidate in British Columbia shared an online meme of the Canadian comedian imploring voters to “Vote Conservative” in the upcoming federal election — words that he never said.
According to Burnaby Now, the meme first appeared on the Facebook page of the Burnaby North-Seymour Conservative Constituency Association, hosted by Conservative candidate Heather Leung.
While the post has since been taken down, Burnaby Now was able to capture a screenshot of the post, in which the former host of CBC’s “Rick Mercer Report” purportedly shares “words of wisdom.”
Mercer, however, took to Twitter to respond, saying the meme is “not real. Just a straight up fake by the candidate I guess.”
Mercer, 49, followed up with another tweet, this time tagging Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer. “Your candidate in Burnaby North Seymour is distributing a Meme on social media with my face and the words ‘Vote Conservative’ indicating it is a quote from me,” he wrote.
“Not true. All fake. Please Stop,” he added.
Neither Leung nor Scheer has responded to Mercer; however, Burnaby Now points out that Elections Canada states that “there is no prohibition in the Canada Elections Act with respect to false or misleading statements about endorsements.”