Maple Leaf CEO flays U.S. government after Iran plane crash

Nellie Chapman
January 14, 2020

Among the 176 passengers, 63 were Canadian, with 138 headed to a Canadian destination. McCain tweeted. "63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11-year-old son)!"

".A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region". The ballistic missile attack, which caused no casualties, was a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, in a US drone strike in Baghdad.

IN voters widely supported Trump in the 2016 US election, with all but four districts in the state backing his presidency.

Meanwhile the company generated $364 million in revenue from the U.S.in 2018, according to Maple Leaf's most recent annual report.

Predictably after McCain's tweets were published a #BoycottMapleLeafFoods hashtag sprung up on Twitter, though it was followed shortly by a #SupportMapleLeafFoods hashtag campaign. Maple Leaf Foods plans to open a large poultry plant in London, slated to begin operations in 2021.

"I'm trying to think of a parallel example but I really can't because it's so unique". "Launching an ad hominem attack on the President of the United States - whether you agree or disagree with his politics - it's just not the appropriate forum to use your company's corporate Twitter handle".

Maple Leaf spokesperson Janet Riley said McCain "gave great thought" to his remarks.

Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, says it doesn't matter whether the comments were posted by McCain through a personal account or through the one belonging to the Maple Leaf Foods brand.

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None of these risks would have been lost on McCain, a seasoned executive, even if he was gripped by intense emotion when he unleashed his string of angry tweets.

"If he was a private citizen sending the tweet, it really doesn't matter, but he isn't", Lee said.

The responses to McCain's public reflections are divided. "It went far beyond an expression of sympathy". It's not exactly clear what retaliatory measures Trump would have at his disposal, but the company is in the process of building a new US$310-million plant-based protein food processing plant in IN and from time to time makes acquisitions in the USA that require regulatory approvals, so the risk that Trump allies could pursue petty reprisals down the road is not completely off the table.

"Food inspectors or other regulators could all of a sudden show up at these plants in the US unannounced, you could have import red tape all of a sudden appear where there was none previously, and all of that is because you've taken very direct, very vocal, and, frankly, inflammatory aim at the president".

The CEO of a Canadian food company has attacked President Donald Trump's administration over its Iran strategy, suggesting that the president is ultimately responsible for Iran accidentally shooting down a passenger plane outside Tehran last week.

In the meantime, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says visas have been approved for eight more Canadian officials to travel to Iran to help with the investigation.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to investigate the error and compensate the families of those killed in the crash, which he called an "unforgivable mistake".

McCain has been CEO of Maple Leaf Foods since 1999. It company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and operates in Canada, the United States and Asia, employing approximately 12,500 people.

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