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A Hoax Is Spreading About How Justin Trudeau Kissed Tom Mulcair After The Orlando Shooting

Seems as if nobody Mulcairs that it's not Trudeau.

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People around the world are being fooled by a satirical article claiming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kissed a fellow male politician to support LGBT people after the Orlando shootings.

The photoshopped image shows Trudeau kissing NDP leader Tom Mulcair. The story's headline declares that the two are "united against homophobia."

The article was published on, a satirical Quebec website whose name is a play on Le Journal de Montreal, a real French-language newspaper.

"After an event like this, we had to do something," it (falsely!) quotes Trudeau as saying in French. "I approached Tom to see what he thought, but I didn't expect him to be so enthusiastic."


For the record, the Leader of the Opposition is now Rona Ambrose of the Conservatives. Not that Girard cares about the details. When people told him he’d been fooled (“Vous vous êtes fait avoir comme des bleus”) he responded playfully, saying he “got a good a Québécois hazing.”

The Trudeau-Mulcair kiss hoax is actually an update of one the site did last year. That version had the premier of Quebec kissing an opposition politician in a show of solidarity with gay people:

This also isn't the only hoax about Trudeau kissing another politician. A fake news site called Hot Global News recently published a story claiming that Trudeau and Obama "accidentally" kissed during their brotastic state visit in Washington.

"As the dinner came to an end, both Trudeau and Obama leaned and to hug each other and accidentally kissed," the hoax said. "Both pulled away immediately, apologized and later laughed about it."

That story, published at the end of May, has less than 100 Facebook likes, shares and comments. Maybe it was missing this:

Instagram: @trubamaisreal

Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

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