A new Freedom of Information investigation by The Rebel has found that Environment minister Catherine McKenna received nearly $5000 in taxpayer funded media training from Scott Reid, the Liberal behind the famous "beer and popcorn" gaffe.
The costs stem from a contract between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Feschuk-Reid Communications, a company helmed by a pair Liberal partisans, Scott Reid and Scott Feschuk, who ran communications for Prime Minister Paul Martin.
We uncovered a government procurement document (see below), “For services rendered in support of media and message training with the Minister,” with a total bill, including travel, “carbon offsets” and media coaching of $4799.74.
Liberals using tax dollars to enrich Liberals is bad but not exactly new. But it get’s worse:
The contract was sole sourced, meaning they hired Scott Reid with no questions asked.
Remember when Prime Minister Stephen Harper brought in his universal child care benefit? Scott Reid parroted the Liberal line on the media panels back then, and he famously said that Canadian parents couldn’t be trusted with their own childcare choices because they would just spend the money on “beer and popcorn.”
Now watch as I run down a few of McKenna’s gaffes and flubs, forcing me to wonder:
Did we even get our money’s worth from Reid this time?
The Liberals could have contracted out media training to someone who didn’t create a national firestorm by treating conservatives like low rent hillbillies.
But then, of course, they couldn't enrich their Liberal pals with taxpayer dollars at the same time.