Reyes' tweet of wife shoveling driveway draws online fire, parodies – Winnipeg Sun

It may have seemed like an innocent shoutout but a tweet by a Manitoba cabinet minister is drawing online fire and parodies.
“Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway,” tweeted Jon Reyes, Minister of Economic Development and Jobs and MLA for Waverley, on Saturday morning with an accompanying photo purporting to be of his wife shoveling their driveway. “God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.”
As of Sunday, the original tweet had garnered 3,510 retweets, over 16,000 quote tweets and 27,000 likes. It also garnered a Canadian Heritage Minute parody and tweets both in support and questioning his original tweet.
“If we reverse the scenario: Firefighter comes home after 12 hour shift, starts shoveling snow, wife takes picture and says “Look how hard he works. I’m going to make him breakfast”, nobody would have bat an eye. This “story” is ridiculous,” tweeted one.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and candidate to represent the Manitoba Liberals in the Fort Whyte by-election Willard Reaves tweeted along with pictures of him shoveling his driveway and with Liberal leader Dougald Lamont offering him a coffee, “I’m always amazed at how hard my wife works. She’s a nurse and works 16 hour shifts. I’m just grateful she doesn’t have to shovel the damn driveway. Thank you @DougaldLamont for the coffee.”
In response to a request for comment from CBC’s Ian Froese, Reyes tweeted, “I’m happy that she is getting the worldwide recognition she deserves, and it serves as a reminder to everyone — especially me today — that we can never do enough to show our gratitude to healthcare workers.”
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