Since 2018, just over $24,000 has been put towards the purchase of Canadian-themed gifts to hand out to visitors by Canadian diplomats at the UN.
The items purchased include 182 candles, 19 key chains, 194 Roots Canada gloves, and 392 boxes of maple cookies, according to records released after a request by Conservative Member of Parliament John Nater.
“In what universe is spending tens of thousands of dollars on key chains and cookies a wise use of taxpayer money?” said Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “If this was normal spending, it’s scary to think what the bill will be for the UN Security Council campaign.”
Here’s the full list of items:
Despite the efforts by the Trudeau government to get a seat on the council, Canada came in third, behind Ireland and Norway.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has submitted access to information requests to get a more detailed accounting of the campaign spending.
“The Trudeau government needs to realize that wasting money on trinkets was a bad look at the best time of times,” said Wudrick.
“With the new fiscal challenges we’re facing, they are totally unacceptable.”