Banned Trudeau cut-outs cost taxpayers $1,900
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.