Jason Kenney will never be mistaken for Scarlett Johansson.
But on Monday, he announced on Twitter that he loves his SodaStream soda-making machine, which the sultry actress promotes. The gizmo is also behind Johansson’s decision to quit as an Oxfam ambassador because the relief agency objects to SodaStream’s decision to build a factory in the Israeli settlement on the West Bank.
That didn’t seem to bother the Multiculturalism Minister, who tweeted a picture of his new acquisition.
“Bought a nice @SodaStream unit at the @HudsonsBayCo.,” he tweeted. “Thanks to @Oxfam for the tip.”
Kenney is a strong defender of Israel, as is Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.
Johansson, 29, agreed last month to become a global brand ambassador for SodaStream, a Tel Aviv-based company that makes home soda machines and has its main plant in an Israeli industrial park next to the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim.
Oxfam says it opposes all trade with Israeli settlements, deemed illegal by most of the international community.
Johansson resigned from her Oxfam duties last week, citing a “fundamental difference of opinion” and saying she supports economic co-operation between “a democratic Israel and Palestine.”
Oxfam accepted her resignation. The charity said it believes SodaStream and other businesses operating in West Bank settlements contribute to the “denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.”
Kenney took his own share of flak on social media.
Some called his tweet “insensitive” while others asked why he was promoting a commercial enterprise.
SodaStream Canada also weighed in on its Twitter account, pointing to Kenney’s post and saying, “This exchange makes me smile.” It also posted a link to another site where Kenney discussed “criticism over his trip to Israel and the Canadian jobs grant program.”