Banned Trudeau cut-outs cost tax­pay­ers $1,900

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - TERRY PEDWELL

OT­TAWA — Any­one who has won­dered how much money it would take to buy Justin Trudeau now has an an­swer.

The cheap­est life-size-but-life­less ver­sion of the prime min­is­ter cost $63.24, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased to the House of Com­mons this week which showed the gov­ern­ment spent nearly $1,900 on card­board Trudeau like­nesses.

The cut-outs were orig­i­nally meant for dis­play at some Cana­dian mis­sions abroad be­fore their use was quickly banned and they were placed in stor­age. The dol­lar fig­ures were con­tained in re­sponses to in­quiries from Con­ser­va­tive MP Ben Lobb, who asked de­part­ments and agen­cies whether they had bought copies of the cut-outs, how much each cost and who au­tho­rized them.

Global Af­fairs Canada said the depart­ment bought 14 of the cutouts, rang­ing in price from $63.24 for an in­di­vid­ual cutout to as high as $239.27 for two.

Other costs in­cluded ship­ping and, in one case, $464.20 for a wooden back­ing frame to hold the life-size im­age of Trudeau in a black suit, black shirt and sil­ver tie.

The re­sponse did not say who ap­proved the pur­chases.

The op­po­si­tion also crit­i­cized the Lib­er­als for spend­ing $29,391 for 600 Broadway tick­ets so the prime min­is­ter and in­vited guests could at­tend “Come From Away” in New York on Mar. 15, a play about 9/11 planes di­verted to New­found­land.

Guests in­cluded Don­ald Trump’s daugh­ter, Ivanka. The gov­ern­ment said was meant to pro­mote Canada.

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