Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau defended his party’s use of Facebook ads Thursday, saying they do not feature misleading information on Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s gun control plan.
“We have made the commitment to ban military-style assault weapons across this country. Andrew Scheer has clearly said that he will not,” Trudeau told reporters at a campaign stop in Trois-Rivières, Que. “I pass the ball to him and give him the floor.
“Will he ban assault weapons? If he does, we are happy to withdraw any ads to point out that he doesn’t want to ban assault weapons.”
The ads, which appeared online this week, are written in Chinese. One ad shows Scheer with the word “Fake” stamped across his face.
The caption above the photo reads: “Take note! Reports in the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun say the Conservative party is releasing false advertising aimed at (ethnic) Chinese community.”
Another ad features a photo of an assault rifle. The caption, when translated, says, “Once the Conservatives are in power, these assault rifles will spread to the streets. The Liberal party will strengthen gun laws and crackdown on gun crimes.”
The text in the blue portion says, “The Conservatives want looser gun laws” while the text in the red portion says, “The Liberals will strengthen restrictions on firearms.”
A third ad shows Scheer’s face on a blue background and Trudeau’s face on a red background.
The translated caption reads: “Andrew Scheer cozies up to the gun lobby. Their plan helps the gun lobby but does nothing to keep your kids from becoming victims of gun violence.”
In an email statement to Global News, Conservative spokesman Simon Jefferies listed promises the party has made on gun laws under its “A Safe Canada” policy.
“Rather than going after the violent criminals shooting up our streets, Justin Trudeau is senselessly targeting law-abiding farmers, hunters, and sport shooters,” Jefferies said.
“Criminals do not register their firearms, and they will not comply with these new rules. Justin Trudeau’s approach also fails to introduce stricter penalties for criminals who smuggle guns across the border and into Canadian cities,” the statement added.
Facebook officials have not responded to a request for comment by Global News.
Both the Liberals and the Conservatives have made promises on gun control during the election.