By: Steve Dellar | 05-12-2018 | News
Photo credit: @thecjpoirier | Twitter

Canada – Olympic Winner Tessa Virtue Helps Young American Meet Canadian Girlfriend

A young man from Michigan, USA named CJ Poirier, had met a girl from Newfoundland, Canada named Becca Warren online last year and they soon bonded over video games and comics. After six months of texting and skyping, they finally wanted to meet face to face. However, their plan was thwarted when young Mr Poirier found out that a roundtrip ticket to Newfoundland from Michigan would cost about $800, which is a bit steep knowing that he works as a barista.

In true millennial social media style, Mr Poirier then asked Air Canada how many retweets it would take for him to get a free flight.

"How many retweets to get a free round trip flight to Newfoundland and see my girlfriend?"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@AirCanada</a> How many retweets to get a free round trip flight to Newfoundland and see my girlfriend?</p>&mdash; C.J. Poirier - #530KforBecca (@TheCJPoirier) <a href="">May 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Air Canada, wanting to play along, just asked him “What’s the population of Newfoundland?”

That number is 520,000 in fact. Both parties agreed he would need thus need to get that exact number of retweets by 9 May to win a round trip. Mr Poitier got to work on social media and ended up some half a million retweets short.

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He then, in a desperate attempt to get to the number, reached out to various Canadian celebrities, one of them Olympian gold medallist Tessa Virtue, who indeed picked up on the story.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We sure do love a great love story! <a href="">@aircanada</a> sending our retweets for <a href="">@TheCJPoirier</a> <a href="">@beccaatkinsonw</a> ! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#530KforBecca</a> 🤞🏻✈️ <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) <a href="">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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We sure do love a great love story, Ms Virtue responded and thanks to her popularity and retweets by other Canadian celebrities, Mr Poitier will be flying off to Newfoundland this Monday to finally go and meet his girlfriend.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WE DID IT!!!!!! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#530KforBecca</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; C.J. Poirier - #530KforBecca (@TheCJPoirier) <a href="">May 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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