It was meant to be a tribute to the former prime minister and soon-to-retire MP, but the Conservative Party's #ThankYouStephenHarper hashtag took on a sarcastic and sometimes nasty turn overnight.
The hashtag was featured as part of a video tribute to Harper presented at the party's annual policy convention in Vancouver.
Right away, some people predicted that the campaign would go sideways.
so who thought #thankyoustephenharper was a good idea?— @vmochama
Initially, the hashtag was used as intended — earnestly by those who wanted to acknowledge his leadership and wish him well as he leaves politics.
#ThankyouStephenHarper A great party leader and great PM, now its time for the party to reform and move forward.— @jpime
#ThankYouStephenHarper it was nice having a grownup run the country for a decade. Cleanest federal government in Canadian history.— @NeilJEdmondson
We miss you! Thanks for all the hard work! #thankyoustephenharper— @ilikerox
I'm proud to be a Stephen Harper conservative #ThankYouStephenHarper— @fparker7
However, as the night went on, most of the tweets were sarcastic in nature, pointing to what his opponents see as his failings in office.
#ThankYouStephenHarper for that 2% GST cut. Sure, it robbed Canada of vital infrastructure funds, but I saved 87 cents at Swiss Chalet.— @asifintoronto
#ThankYouStephenHarper For all the partisan ads that we paid for. Swearing at the TV whenever one aired provided family bonding moments.— @RebeccaO1340
#thankyoustephenharper for holding Canada back 10 years on climate change.— @DaveSimms
Rallying Canadians against you with your racist snitch line. #ThankYouStephenHarper— @daibyday
#ThankYouStephenHarper for your great judgement call with appointments. Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, DelMastro, Carson, Penashue, Wright— @FuzzyWuzzyTO
#ThankYouStephenHarper for doing to the federal Tories what Mike Harris did to the Ontario PCs.— @august_mk
#ThankyouStephenHarper for inspiring me to become involved in politics. Your secretive, anti-democratic, ideology based style woke me up.— @LauraE303B
#ThankYouStephenHarper for making us all so excited about the Census! It's true - you really don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.— @PunnedIt55