“Let’s Go Brandon,” the popular anti-Biden meme that took off as a jab at fake news media, was widely reported as having been banned by the Canadian government. But the Canadian agency Shared Services, a department that is responsible for providing and consolidating IT services across the government, has denied it is real.
Becker News earlier reached out to Shared Services about the document, which denied that the memo was authentic.
“We can confirm this message was not issued by Shared Services Canada and it does not reflect departmental policy,” it said in a message that was repeated to other outlets, such as National File.
The document on Shared Services letter head had issued a stern warning to federal employees that referencing the phrase could lead to instant termination “without recourse or labor union participation.”
“This is a formal notification that all government correspondence must be professional in nature and approved by department heads,” the letter warns. “When applicable all correspondence must be vetted by the PMO for framing and message prior to public disclosure or internal distribution.”
The letter, dated October 14, then goes on to state that “Let’s Go Brandon” has been specifically “banned” by the Canadian Public Service.
“The uses of colloquialisms or sayings with intended double meaning or offense are strictly prohibited in all means of correspondence and/or communication,” the memo stated. “Specifically, the use of the wording ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ and any variation thereof under any circumstance is banned by the Canadian Public Service.”
“Please contact your department heads for the applicable writing references,” the letter continued. “We have been informed that this will be zero tolerance issue within the management structure this position is fully supported by the leadership of PSAC. Violation of this policy will be grounds for immediate dismissal without recourse or labor union participation.”
The “Let’s Go Brandon” phrase originated with a NASCAR reporter that was hilariously attempting to hide the crowd’s “F*ck Joe Biden” chants.
NBC reporter attempts desperate damage control as crowd chants “F Joe Biden” pic.twitter.com/1iYZel4zFT
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) October 3, 2021
The American public raced to their computers to fire off the anti-Biden phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” after the segment.
— Brian (@CrimsonBloodRTR) October 4, 2021
LET’S GO BRANDON pic.twitter.com/ECtLPafYjh
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) October 8, 2021
Let's Go Brandon Airlines. pic.twitter.com/51kWzdFCT7
— MAGA in the 316 (@Mikefication) October 11, 2021
— Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) October 8, 2021
— 🪓 BRAVES WIN ⚔️ (@NewYearsDani) October 6, 2021
While the Canadian government denies that it has banned “Let’s Go Brandon” from its communications is not entirely reassuring. That hundreds of thousands of people could so easily be led to believe that a government of a once-free nation would stoop to such a petty act is almost equally disturbing.