Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland crashed the Toronto men-only club that was supposed to host a speech by Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Wednesday afternoon.
Freeland said she was upset that Oliver planned to deliver a economic speech in the private Cambridge Club, which caters to business executives. The lunchtime talk was cancelled just two hours before it was supposed to start after facing criticism on social media.
Though Oliver wasn't there, Freeland and members of the media went anyway. She was greeted in the lobby of the hotel where the club is housed by its manager and an unidentified man in a bathrobe and sneakers, who has since captured the imagination of the internet.
The bathrobe guy caught quite a few people off guard (though apparently it's normal to lounge in a towel at the club).
@alox Seems... legit? The bathrobe guy in the photo looks so out of place.— @phendrana
The fact some dude in bathrobe happened to be walking by & joined media scrum at men's club event that @cafreeland crashed is beyond parody.— @Adam_Stirling
Just hours after he made his debut, there were already big expectations.
@ThatMohamedOmar Mentally and emotionally preparing for Bathrobe Guy to become Joe the Plumber 2015— @danlytwyn
I would like the guy in the bathrobe to be memed into every campaign photo from now on. https://t.co/dx20mCMg2g— @SiriAgrell
@iD4RO Angry Con Guy/Bathrobe Guy to lead own party— @olexicon666
One Canadian Press reporter even suggested the Bathrobe Guy run for public office.
Others weren't as impressed.
@kady Where are his slippers, bad form bathrobe guy!— @FarAndWide
And some were just waiting for the memes to begin.
@AaronWherry 48 hours of "bathrobe guy" memes in 3...2...— @realdavesommer