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Health Minister John Haggie gave Tinder a shout-out and Canadians are loving it

Newfoundland Health Minister John Haggie delivered what will surely become an iconic line when he warned Canadians about the danger of Tinder on Thursday afternoon.

The British-born minister stressed that while technology is important to stay close with people during the pandemic, he's concerned by the increased usage of dating apps in Newfoundland.

"If you use Tinder or Grindr and you swipe right, you might get more than you bargained for," Haggie warned.

Haggie — whose previous one-liners include "don't let them lick shopping cart handles" and "stay in your bubble and don't burst anyone else's bubble" — is quickly becoming something of a viral internet sensation.

And naturally, Canadians are losing it over his latest advice.

Some Canadians are even calling Haggie a national treasure.

Especially because the venerable health minister's dating advice is spot-on, in more ways than one.

Some Canadians even believe that this could be the next Haggie cross-stitch quote, referring to the health minister's line about shopping cart handles that was immortalized in thread.

And it's not just John Haggie that's becoming famous — multiple Canadian health ministers are taking on celebrity status throughout the pandemic.

Alberta medical officer Deena Hinshaw's periodic table dress inspired a flurry of dress sales last month, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault's recent suggestion that Canadians should have "a glass of wine" to cope with stress has become a viral sensation.

Calgary-based clothing line Madame Premier has even created a line of t-shirts featuring the women leading Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Basically, Canadian healthcare professionals are the best.

So let's continue cheering for healthcare workers every night, because without them, Canada would cease to function.

Lead photo by

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


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