The 'excessively violent' election ad, paid for by the Manning Centre - 2019-10-12
The ad, one of a number of intense ads the Manning Centre is funding through third-party groups it supports, shows actor Keanu Reeves buried up to his neck in the dirt, looking at a mobile phone showing Justin Trudeau, saying, in French: "Thank you for the second mandate."
The ad is captioned: "Literally the reaction of all Quebecers if re-elected next Oct. 21. The re-election of Trudeau will be catastrophic for Quebec." Quebec Fier, a third-party group funded by the Manning Centre, started running the ad on Facebook on Oct. 2, Facebook's ad registry shows.
The ad was pulled because it violated Facebook rules, said Erin Taylor, communications manager for Facebook Canada in an email. "The ad was disapproved in line with our Advertising Policies related to sensational content which states in part that ads must not contain excessively violent content."