OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau showed a taste for fine food and even finer hotels at taxpayers’ expense prior to his time as an MP.
Before being elected a Liberal MP, Trudeau chaired the charitable youth group Katimavik, which was started by his late father’s Liberal government. The Harper government recently announced that it would stop funding Katimavik, citing high per-person costs for its youth-exchange program.
Receipts for a Katimavik retreat at the posh 4 Diamond Loews Concorde hotel in Quebec City show that Trudeau billed double the rate of other Katimavik members.
While some representatives of the group charged just $362 for a two-night stay, Trudeau charged $740. That figure even eclipsed the cost of Katimavik president Jean-Guy Bigeau’s $469 charge for a three-night stay.
Trudeau expensed a $127 lunch for two that included fine brandies and on another occasion he billed $93 for sushi lunch for two.