If you thought Facebook and Twitter were bad with their censorship of political dissent then you haven’t met the Canadian government’s information technology department responsible for government communications. The office of Shared Services sent out a warning memo to all workers saying if they use the words “Let’s go Brandon” in any government communications, they would be terminated.
Let’s Go Brandon is a variant of “F-ck Joe Biden” being used around the United States and other countries after an NBC reporter misinformed viewers after fans at a NASCAR race were chanting “F-ck Joe Biden”. She said, “I think they’re saying Let’s go Brandon”.
“This is a formal notification that all government correspondence must be professional in nature and approved by department heads. When applicable all correspondence must be vetted by the PMO for framing and message prior to public disclosure or internal distribution,” the Canadian agency wrote.
The alleged email was shared by Peter McCaffrey. The Canadian Shared Services has not verified the authenticity of that email.
“The uses of colloquialisms or sayings with intended double meaning or offense are strictly prohibited in all means of correspondence and/or communication. Specifically, the use of the wording ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ and any variation thereof under any circumstance is banned by the Canadian Public Service,” the notice continued. “Please contact your department heads for the applicable writing references. 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.”