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Jason Kenney Blasts Bob Rae's 'Obscene' Temporary Foreign Workers Tweet

04/30/2014 11:41 EDT | Updated 04/30/2014 11:41 EDT
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Former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae sparked controversy and debate Wednesday morning after he took to Twitter to say the temporary foreign workers issue currently dogging the Harper government has roots in an "anti-immigration bias" dating back to the Reform Party.

The remark clearly infuriated Employment Minister Jason Kenney, a former Reform MP and ex-minister of immigration currently on the hot seat over the TFW program, who unleashed EIGHTEEN tweets in response.

Kenney called Rae's words "obscene" — an opinion apparently shared by others who joined the fray online.

Kenney defended the government's immigration record and said only those suffering from "Harper Derangement Syndrome" could accuse the Conservative Party of Canada of being anti-immigration.

And the key member of Harper’s inner circle even dug into the immigration record of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien.

Here is the full exchange (if you can even call it that) that quickly caught the attention of Canadian journalists and political junkies.

Wow.

As mentioned, Kenney wasn't the only person to weigh in on Rae's barb.

Ian Brodie, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, didn't mince words.

And former Harper spokesperson Andrew MacDougall was clearly pleased with Kenney's spirited response.

Unsurprisingly, Tory junior minister Michelle Rempel, a frequent tweeter, had a few things to say.

But Gerald Butts, principal adviser to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, had a different take.

Regardless of where you stand on this simmering issue, one thing is now clear: if you want to get in a Twitter spat with Kenney, you best prepare — and probably clear your schedule.

UPDATE: More than eight hours later, Rae issued a response.

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