- The Brewers Pantry, a local business, faced a wave of hate and threats after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a campaign event.
- The business received negative Google reviews, offensive emails, and phone calls from across Canada and the United States.
- Despite the hate, the Brewers Pantry also received overwhelming support from the community and saw record sales.
I was not ready for that hate. I’m not a hateful man. The Brewers Pantry, a local business, found itself at the center of political threats and hate after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a campaign event for local liberal MP candidate Robert Rock.
The hate came fast and furious. Negative Google reviews poured in, offensive emails flooded their inbox, and the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. The hate wasn’t limited to one area; it came from BC Victoria to New Finland, and even across the border from Alberta and Chicago.
“I guess I’m the most hated man in Canada,” Robert Rock, the owner of the Brewers Pantry, said in disbelief. The hate was completely unexpected and unwarranted.
Support From Unexpected Places
Despite the overwhelming hate, the Brewers Pantry also received an outpouring of love and support from the community. Record sales were seen on Saturday, with people not only lining up to buy their products but also to hug and show support for Rock.
Local politicians, including former MP Ryan Turnbull, voiced their disapproval of the hate and showed support for the small business. Rock’s regular customer, Robert Rock himself, emphasized that the location had nothing to do with political views.
“In my mind, it’s a small local business, family-run. The more people I can introduce to that list, the better,” Rock said, highlighting the importance of supporting local businesses.
Facing the Backlash
Despite the hate and threats they faced, the Brewers Pantry remains resilient. They are determined to continue serving their community and providing a welcoming space for everyone, regardless of their opinions.
Rock invited anyone, regardless of their thoughts about the business or him personally, to come in and have a conversation. He wants people to feel like family and enjoy a beer together, fostering a sense of unity.
The Brewers Pantry’s experience highlights the power of community support in the face of hate. While they were subjected to hurtful comments and threats, the overwhelming love they received from their customers and local politicians kept them going.
No one should have to endure such hate for simply hosting an event. It is a reminder that we should strive to build bridges rather than tear people down.
So, if you’re in the area, consider stopping by the Brewers Pantry. Regardless of your opinions, they welcome you with open arms and a cold beer.