Even her own department thought the trip was dubious. So she ignored them and went anyway.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly went to South Korea to study K-pop music, even though her own department had doubts about whether the trip was useful.
Here’s what Joly shared on Facebook on April 4th:
“Now in Seoul to understand the Korean Cultural Export strategy, K-Pop culture & create opportunities for our sector.”
According to the Montreal Journal, the South Korea trip was a “detour” ahead of a trade mission to China starting on April 9th.
In addition to the costs of her extra travel to South Korea, she also brought along four other government employees.
Here’s what it gets absurd: Her own department thought the trip was a dubious idea.
According to a government document from December 14th, 2017 obtained by the Journal, the department of heritage was doubtful of whether a trip to South Korea made sense:
“It is recommended that any decision on a bilateral visit be postponed until a more comprehensive analysis of the Korean market and potential business opportunities for Canadian industries can be completed.”
But, it seems Joly really wanted to see South Korea, so she ignored the advice.
The Journal says Joly was expected to ‘officially’ be in South Korea for two days, but will be in Asia for four days ahead of the start of the China trade mission. And yet, she had just four events on her agenda for that entire time including a 40 minute meeting and a ‘business dinner.’
Sounds like a packed schedule…
Echoes of Trudeau’s India trip
The light schedule and seeming waste of taxpayer dollars for what is largely a sightseeing trip has echoes of Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India.
And the fact that Joly ignored the doubts of her own department just so she could go on a trip to ‘study K-pop’ in South Korea demonstrates the extent to which Trudeau government ministers feel entitled to use our taxpayer dollars for their own amusement.
So much for serving the people of Canada.
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