Newly released documents show The Trudeau government’s trip to this year’s gathering of global elites in Davos cost taxpayers almost $678,000.
Mr. Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef attended this year’s annual retreat of billionaires, celebrities and world leaders.
Given the massive cost opposition MPs have now questioned whether the trip produced tangible results for Canadian taxpayers.
Conservative foreign-affairs critic Erin O’Toole said Mr. Trudeau never seems to get jobs for Canadians out of the trips.
“The [Prime Minister] and some of his lead ministers going to Davos to lecture people and to pontificate hasn’t led to anything,” Mr. O’Toole said. “I can’t tell you what the Trudeau strategy is to create jobs and to gain investments from these trips.”
While NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus commented on the elite nature of the trip, and it’s lack of clear benefit for most ordinary Canadians.
“Davos is such a symbol of the superpowerful hanging with the super powerful, to no discernible benefit to ordinary people,”
This is an interesting point to make as Mr. Trudeau met with business executives such as the chief executives of Coca-Cola, Microsoft and IBM at the event, but the Canadian economy is projected to become slower in the future.
Given the lack of results and the extreme costs, it will be interesting to see how the Trudeau government attempts to show the benefits to the ordinary tax-payer which occurred as a result of this luxurious trip.