Representatives from the United Nations, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, and Serbia given free tickets at taxpayer expense
In what the Trudeau government is spinning as part of “defending Canada’s interests,” Justin Trudeau and a bunch of guests including Ivanka Trump attended recently attended a Broadway play.
The play itself isn’t the problem. Called Come From Far Away, it remembers how Canadians in Newfoundland and Labrador welcomed Americans whose flights were diverted after the attacks on 9/11.
The problem is that the Trudeau government bought 600 tickets to the event – all at taxpayers expense.
Also, the entire apparent point of the event – to form a better relationship with the Trump administration – clearly failed miserably. Inviting Ivanka Trump and a bunch of guests didn’t do anything to stop the growing trade war between the US and Canada.
All it did was spend a bunch of taxpayer money on something Trudeau could have easily covered himself. Plus, if the point of the event was to form a closer relationship with Ivanka Trump and the Trump administration, why did diplomats from the United Nations, Qatar, Turkmenistan, Serbia, and Kuwait also get tickets paid for by taxpayers?
Some of the guests certainly deserved to be there, including residents from Gander N.L. who welcomed in Americans. I have no problem with that.
But many free tickets were also given to reps from New York Magazine, CNN, elite Canadian law firms, the Bank of Montreal, Air Canada, and other corporations. They could have easily covered their own costs.
Taxpayers used as a piggy-bank once again
$30,000 may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but it points to an arrogant attitude on the part of the government. Taxpayers should not be covering the costs of elites attending a Broadway play, when those costs could have been easily covered by our wealthy Prime Minister, or any of the many big corporations that got free tickets in the first place.
The underlying attitude of entitlement shown by making taxpayers foot the bill is a big part of why so many Canadians are struggling while the government and elites enrich themselves. Previous governments have done similar things as well, where costs that should have been paid for by the individuals incurring them were instead passed on to the Canadian people.
That has to change. Taxpayer money should be spent on essential services for Canadians, and every dollar diverted from that purpose shows deep disrespect for the taxpayers who keep our country afloat.