Tweet will get Winnipeg MLA slammed, even from TMZ

Winnipeg MLA Jon Reyes — roasted for tweeting a picture of his wife shovelling snow after a 12-hour shift at the hospital — has now been featured on TMZ.

The Waverley MLA and Minister of Economic Development and Jobs tweeted Saturday morning at 7:18 a.m. showing his wife shovelling snow after a long shift at the hospital.

“Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.”

Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/91vahySLqO

— Jon Reyes (@jonreyes204) January 8, 2022
Jon Reyes Tweet

The tweet has since gone viral with more than 5,000 replies, more than 1,900 retweets and 10K quote-tweets.

The US-based TMZ — a tabloid journalism online newspaper owned by Fox Corporation — has picked up the story stating, “Canadian Politician Dragged for Watching Wife Shovel Snow After Hospital Shift.”

“A Canadian dude — a government official, no less — is getting dragged every which way for giving his wife a public ‘atta girl’ for shovelling snow after putting in a hard day as a hospital frontline worker,” wrote TMZ.

“In one of the least surprising reactions so far this year, people went nuts … curious as to why Jon didn’t get out there with a shovel and at least help.”

The gossip tabloid went on to highlight Reyes’ earlier tweet where he comments on a tennis game he is watching after 2 a.m., just hours before his wife returns home from work.

“It gets worse … you’d think maybe Jon also had a tough day, dealing with the economic ramifications in the current COVID crisis, but he tweeted earlier in the day he was watching tennis,” wrote TMZ.

Laura B — also noting the earlier tweet from Reyes at 2:45 a.m. — chastised him for staying up into the wee hours of the morning to watch tennis yet couldn’t be bothered to shovel the driveway before his wife’s return.

“Wait. You were up at 2:45 am watching tennis while your wife was working a 12 hr shift at a hospital during a pandemic?” tweeted Laura B in response.

“Then you took a picture of her shovelling your driveway from the warmth of your home? Good luck dude. I’ve cut people out of my life for a lot less than this.”

I would think after working 12 hours as a nurse in a pandemic it would be nice to come home to a cleared driveway and maybe some spiked hot cocoa.

– Zvezda (@ Zvezda303) January 9, 2022

Some have jumped on Reyes defence including Janet in Wisconsin who tweeted: “For an alternate perspective — sometimes doing a physically challenging short-term task after a long day (night) can be cathartic. Getting in a little workout doing something that actually gets FINISHED and no lives on the line is very satisfying. “

Jay Strikwerda also defended Reyes.

“Why is it everyone jumps on the negative band wagon. Betcha if this was a gent who wasn’t in GOVERNMENT, and his wife hadn’t been working on the front line in health, there wouldn’t be a peep!! Relax!”

But, for the most part, the public — now including US citizens thanks to TMZ’s coverage — Reyes is being slammed for his tweet.

“Why didn’t YOU do it?” tweeted @ViragoX.

“And if you legitimately cannot for some reason, why don’t you pay someone to do it for you so she can come home to a clean driveway and go straight to bed? What is wrong with you?”

Why didn’t YOU do it? And if you legitimately cannot for some reason, why don’t you pay someone to do it for you so she can come home to a clean driveway and go straight to bed? What is wrong with you?

— THEE Virago-a-go-go 22 Skidoo🎆🖖🏻🍩♓🐟🐇💛😷🕎🐊 (@ViragoX) January 9, 2022

“She only did it because you didn’t do it in her absence,” tweeted Pam Kirby in a reply.

“I’m sure she was right pissed rolling up to the house after a 12hr day seeing it was not done. Decided to rage shovel. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say she was too exhausted to eat your breakfast and went straight to bed.”

She only did it because you didn’t do it in her absence. I’m sure she was right pissed rolling up to the house after a 12hr day seeing it was not done. Decided to rage shovel. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say she was too exhausted to eat your breakfast and went straight to bed

— Pam Kirby (@Pkirbydreamland) January 9, 2022

TMZ ended their article with, “Oh Canada, Oh Jon.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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