May 25, 2016

Costly bromance: How much must Canadians pay for Trudeau’s latest vanity project with lame-duck President?

Brian LilleyArchive

We are getting used to the Trudeau vanity projects, aren’t we?

There was the refugee rush so Trudeau could look good, even as he left refugee families stranded in hotel rooms, now relying on food banks.

The call for more personal help, a team for his wife, the nannies that he used to pay for now coming from our pockets and of course the trip to Washington so that Justin Trudeau could explore his bromance with US President Barack Obama.

That trip to DC saw Trudeau take 44 different people including his in-laws but not his Natural Resource Minister. I mean, why bring the guy central to files such as oil pipelines or the softwood lumber deal when your mother, your in-laws, and even Liberal Party President Anna Gainey and Liberal bagman Stephen Bronfman needed tickets?

Well if you think the big tab for Mr. Trudeau to go to Washington was tough to swallow, wait until you have to pay for Mr. Obama to come to Ottawa.

To be clear, this will not be President Obama’s first trip to Canada or to Ottawa. In fact his first official visit after being elected President was to Ottawa.

I was there on the front lawn of Parliament that snowy February day in 2009 when people built giant snowballs so they could climb up and see Obama as he arrived. I was in the room as he gave his joint news conference with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

President Obama has visited Canada many times.

But come June 29th, we, the taxpayers of Canada, will pay through the nose so President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau can continue their bromance.

President Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech to a joint session of Parliament, meaning the MPs assembled in the House of Commons plus Senators, members of the Supreme Court and other assorted hangers on.

That speech on June 29th will come at least one week, if not more, after the House of Commons has risen for the summer and MPs have returned home.

Every year, MPs go home for the summer for many reasons. For one, voters want to see their MPs in their home ridings but also, the House of Commons is an old building which means the chamber doesn’t have air conditioning. Trust me when I say it gets hot and rank in there when they sit too far into the summer.

The House calendar generally stops before June 23, the day before the St. Jean Baptiste festival in Quebec or as they call it now, Fête National. Whatever you call it, Quebec MPs need to show their faces back home if they want to continue being Quebec MPs.

So the House of Commons is normally long gone before June 23. In fact, I only recall one instance since I started covering the Hill full time in 2005 when MPs sat past that date and that was in 2005.

So what does this have to do with Obama and his speech to Parliament?

Well, with Parliament not sitting, MPs will head home to their ridings to see and interact with the voters that sent them to Ottawa. Regardless of party, this is what MPs do. But then a week or so later these same MPs will be called back to Ottawa to listen to the speech of an outgoing lame duck president. Why?

For the Trudeau and Obama bromance to continue.

Does Obama need to address Parliament? No. In fact he’s coming for the Three Amigos summit – meaning Canada, the US and Mexico - and while Obama addresses Parliament, Mexican President Enrique Nieto – AKA the Mexican McDreamy – will be sitting on the sidelines.

He’s not addressing Parliament and he, unlike Obama, has some political life left in him.

But really, this isn’t Obama’s problem, it’s Trudeau’s problem. Trudeau invited Obama to speak to a joint session of Parliament at a time when neither the House nor Senate was sitting.

How does that affect you?

Well, take 337 MPs plus 87 senators and figure out how much it will cost them to travel back to Ottawa and then high tail it back home to be in their home ridings for Canada Day.

One western MP who represents a major centre told me that his trip would cost on average $1,200. That’s without the cost of hotels, meals, per diems and any other associated costs. For MPs from remote areas, like many on the east coast, the west, and rural areas, getting home and back costs even more.

Multiply that by 337 MPs, 87 Senators and its starts to add up.

Just to get all the MPs back to Ottawa to hear Obama speak could amount to more than half a million dollars. And that’s before the Liberals spend a single dollar of your money on receptions to fête President Obama.

Add in hotel fees, meal costs and any other expenses that MPs and Senators are rightfully entitled to when summoned to Ottawa, and we’re looking at a very large bill.

A recent story about Australia recalling their Parliament for just two days put the tally at $1.4 million Australian dollars or $1.3 million Canadian dollars.

Some opposition MPs are balking at the cost, especially given that Obama is on his way out but none want to speak out lest they offend the Americans or are perceived as partisan.

Foreign leaders visit our country all the time without giving an address to Parliament. Calling all MPs back to hear a lame duck president speak is not about what’s good for Canada or Canada–US relations. It’s about Trudeau and his vanity, his bromance with Obama.

I’d say MPs should stay away but that would be bad form. I’d say Trudeau should cancel but that would insult the Americans.

So I’m left saying the only thing I can; it’s time for Justin Trudeau to stop having us pay for his vanity projects.

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commented 2016-05-29 12:50:07 -0400
They should just get a room. Far cheaper for taxpayers! Oh, wait…….damn the taxpayers….!
commented 2016-05-28 09:52:51 -0400
I have nothing against homosexuals. But i’m really getting tired of it being thrown in my face. smh
commented 2016-05-26 13:50:04 -0400
I think Sophie is running the show.
I first saw it with Mr. Trudeau’s F-18 comment. It is easy to picture Sophie saying the exact words with the same gestures and mannerisms over wine in the kitchen the night before.
commented 2016-05-26 08:50:20 -0400
Any closer and they’d be playing tonsil hockey . . . makes one want to heave his cookies.
Exactly what the MUSLIBS want, adult males sexually mistreating little children.
BO is the senior statesman whilst Senor El Bow is the boy and since he is over six years of age, it is permitted for older MUSLIBS to give it to him up the ass!

commented 2016-05-25 20:48:47 -0400
Our hedonist PM with the big nose likes to sniff BO…………..I guess. Why else all that bullshit PR stuff.
commented 2016-05-25 20:14:12 -0400
Robert Raymond
“Think they found a room?”

Doubt it, they like to flaunt it.
commented 2016-05-25 18:00:52 -0400
The west seriously needs to separate from the East, Lets stop complaining and move to separate, forget the money sucking, blood sucking east (Ottawa/Quebec) and prosper the west as it deserves with the resources we have. Please!!!
commented 2016-05-25 17:06:59 -0400
Think they found a room? Was STPC doing Michelle as well as all the other people in the audience?

MUSLIB love, ain’t it sweet?

commented 2016-05-25 16:53:59 -0400
Not to worry, Tudope is spending money like water, but none of it is his, he’s putting his under the mattress. We need to stop worrying he will not run out of money.
commented 2016-05-25 16:08:01 -0400
Two lame ducks selfie convention
commented 2016-05-25 14:55:57 -0400
So much for climate change and carbon foot print.All you voters really know how to pick them.
Don’t worry the CBC will put a positive spin on it all.
commented 2016-05-25 13:43:39 -0400
Snapped the cover picture a split second too soon. Missed the big sloppy french kiss that surely ensued. Looks that they might even be checking out each others jewels.

Does this mean we get stuck for a bunch more $$$$ to allow Obama to bring along Mr. Ed and the kids? I imagine so, I hope Sophie’s staff of a thousand has prepared an appropriate itinerary to please all. I did hear that the evening will commence with “Cocktails with Sophie”, followed by the customary state dinner and rumor has it that events will culminate with Sophie hosting a puke-a-thon.

It might be good to see the two slimeballs together for one last time, a final reminder of what failure looks like

commented 2016-05-25 12:47:03 -0400
So the Lame Duck visits the,soon to be, Dead Duck. Prime Idiot Trudeau is just creating pages for the History Books.

History Books can be changed Prime Idiot, remember what your Daddy did.

Scum begets Scum.
commented 2016-05-25 12:46:18 -0400
Junior Chavez should enjoy his presidential butt snorkeling while he can because president Trump will never allow a butt surfing little selfie boy like this to visit Washington unless it’s to give him his new marching orders.
commented 2016-05-25 12:35:29 -0400
The only Americans who would be insulted by cancelling this Bromance event – would be the Anti-Trumps!! …and I couldn’t think of a better group of insane idiot Libtards that NEED insulting!
commented 2016-05-25 12:25:46 -0400
So, Dumb & Dumber are going to have a “lecture” for all parliamentarians!? Well maybe one good thing could come of this – that any of the real MPs there might get an insight into the deceit and tyranny that Obumer has ruled the USA with – and then see more clearly what this TruDope POS & Obumer POS have conspired to bring down North America to 3rd world status. Both need to be charged with Tyrannical Treason & Terrorism and be put before a sharp-shooting firing squad!!
…and then Welcome Donald Trump!! – may he have the good sense to come to Canada and slap the shit out of TruDope & company of Libtards!!

…and to think TruDope didn’t have the good manners to meet with Maxine Le Penn when she came for a visit.
commented 2016-05-25 12:03:41 -0400
39% of Canooks elected the “Dumbest” PM in Canadian history. He is going to bring Prompter Reading Obama to address Parliament? Not worth the plane ticket to listen to Obama’s drivel.
But don’t they make a wonderful couple . . . wonder if Barry has told Justin how cute he is and how great it would be to see him at the Chicago Boys’ Club ? Of course that would make ole Peter, of the matching ties, jealous . . . .
Oh Canada . . . we are ALL Ontar-i-owe now ! ! !
commented 2016-05-25 11:52:08 -0400
Hair-clog Trudeau will be operating under an enforced Monroe Doctrine when Trump takes office.

The Hair-clog will try and put up his paid off media party as a defense and stupid fucking Canadians will buy it.

But there is a bigger number of Canadians that use the internet (not their cable TV) as their news source and see things for what they are – a mental retard equivalent and librano trying to run a country.

Trump is going to be running Canada because Hair-Clog imports terrorists and loves islamic terrorism.

Get ready Canada – like it or not. It`s coming.