An online tribute to Stephen Harper quickly took on a life of its own over social media this week as the former prime minister was honoured at a federal Conservative convention in Vancouver.

The hashtag #ThankYouStephenHarper was meant to pay tribute to Harper’s legacy and accomplishments while in office, but it was hijacked by critics of the former Conservative leader.

Harper led government for more than nine years before being defeated by the Justin Trudeau-led Liberals in last fall’s federal election.

As the convention got underway Thursday night, Conservatives encouraged tweeters to pay tribute to Harper via #ThankYouStephenHarper:

However, other people used the hashtag to openly mock Harper, his policies and governing style over the years.

Some even dredged up ill-fated hashtags from the past: