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'Kinda sweet' to 'This guy's the Anti-Hero': Canadians split on PM Trudeau's attempt to get Taylor Swift to play Canada

The Taylor Swift snub saga reaches political peaks, but there's no sign the singer will swing up North

Justin Trudeau is no stranger to criticism, but a recent call on social media to entice an international pop star to play in Canada is drumming up a score of bad blood, while others shake it off.

The prime minister responded to a Taylor Swift tweet announcing that she would be adding 14 more dates on her Eras world tour, including Paris, Lisbon, London, Milan, and Vienna. The tour, however, doesn't include any Canadian stops.

"It's me, hi," the Tweet begins, referencing a lyric from Swift's song Anti-Hero. "I know places in Canada would love to have you. So, don't make it another cruel summer. We hope to see you soon."

(Cruel Summer is in reference to another Swift hit.)

Despite being one of over 14,000 replies to the original tweet, the PM's plea didn't go unnoticed.

Some found Trudeau's effort to get the pop superstar's attention a positive move for the country.

Others didn't hold back when it came to trolling the PM for trying to get the musician's attention.

Some joked the PM reaching out to Swift directly could mean a rebate for Canadians for Taylor Swift tickets, in light of this week's grocery rebate.

In June, Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux vowed to use his power to attempt to bring the singer to Canada.

"It has come to my attention that despite much anticipation, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour has neglected to include any Canadian dates or locations as she released her international dates, which includes stops throughout Asia and Europe," Jeneroux wrote. "Similar to what's being considered in Australia, I would like to file an official grievance within Parliament on behalf of all Swifties in Canada for her and her team to reconsider."

Swift's latest tour is her first since 2018's Reputation stadium tour.

A fiasco ensued in November of last year after Swift initially announced her Eras tour. Ticketmaster and Live Nation were accused of botching pre-sales, which has led to lawsuits and an investigation by the Justice Department in the U.S.