Trudeau criticized for tweet pledging $50M charity gift

The Trudeau government is defending the prime minister's announcement of 50 million dollars for a global charity by sending a tweet to an American TV comedy show host.

Justin Trudeau tweeted to Trevor Noah, who was hosting an event in South Africa to honour the 100th year since former president Nelson Mandela was born.

Louis Belanger, the director of communications for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, says the 50 million is part of 400 million in aid previously announced during the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in June.

But Conservative leader Andrew Scheer lashed out at Trudeau, saying it looked like he was more interested in getting the attention of a celebrity.

Toronto-based lawyer and former Liberal staffer Warren Kinsella tweeted that Education Cannot Wait is a worthy cause, but called Trudeau's tweet an ``appalling'' way for the decision to be communicated.

Celebrities gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, a charity concert.