TRUDEAUS SHOWERED WITH DESIGNER GIFTS
NDP: Presents ‘problematic’
OTTAWA — A pair of RayBan sunglasses. A limited edition, painted leather clutch. Beauty products, glittering jewelry, shoes, luggage, children’s clothing, sporting accessories.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, are regularly showered with lavish gifts from world leaders and dignitaries, often as a matter of protocol.
But a growing trend among the high-priced offerings to the prime ministerial family are gifts from private companies would be a very real benefit for a company to have them sporting their clothing labels as gifts,” he said.
“The connection to the pecuniary interests of those companies is clear and direct.”
All gifts to public office holders over $200 must be publicly declared. Anything over $1,000 must be forfeited to the Crown, although they can be retained if the public office holder pays the difference.
Justin Trudeau wears P.E.I.-made sunglasses from Fellow Earthlings eyewear.