Foreign Affairs
Cardboard Cut-outs of Prime Minister

Hon. Tobias C. Enverga, Jr.: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

It was recently revealed that Canadian consulates in the United States have been using life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the Prime Minister at promotional events. When this practice attracted negative media attention, the Department of Global Affairs Canada ordered them to stop doing it. Could the government leader please make inquiries with Global Affairs Canada and tell us how many hard-earned taxpayer dollars were wasted on these cardboard cut-outs of the Prime Minister?

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I will seek to repatriate them to the lobby of the Senate. I take the question as an admonition to determine the facts.

Senator Enverga: Could the government leader also find out if these consulates received approval from the department to purchase and use these cardboard cut-outs of the Prime Minister?

Senator Harder: I will add that to my inventory.