Just when you thought we'd seen the end of the ridiculous spending the Liberals did during the Paris climate change conference on your dime, this happens.
It was revealed yesterday that the federal environment department paid a French photojournalist $6,662 to take pictures of its minister, Catherine McKenna and her staff.
As CTV News points out, McKenna appears in all 23 photos currently on ECCC's Flickr page.
Environment and Climate Change Canada said that hiring a photographer was cheaper than sending one from Canada to cover the event.
McKenna’s spokesperson, Caitlyn Workman justified the spending in an email by saying, “Photos, like press releases, social media and other communications tools, are a way to communicate to Canadians the work the government is doing on their behalf.”
Why not just take a photo with your phone and post it on Twitter? Was this really a reasonable investment?
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation isn't too pleased with this move either.
“Should taxpayers really be on the hook for what are essentially vanity photos for ministers? I don’t think there’s a compelling argument there,” CTF federal director Aaron Wudrick said.
SOUND OFF in the comments: was spending $6000 on a photographer a good use of tax dollars?