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John Ivison: Elections Canada’s use of social media ‘influencers’ a $430,000 debacle

Alas, Elections Canada did not discover that beauty queen Ashley Callingbull had called for Stephen Harper’s defeat in 2015 until after she had been paid

For example, take Elections Canada’s use of “influencers” on social media to encourage young Canadians, new immigrants and people with disabilities to vote. The campaign was scrapped when it was revealed that some of the 13 influencers had engaged in past activities that could be deemed partisan. Alas, Elections Canada did not discover that First Nations activist Ashley Callingbull had called for Stephen Harper’s defeat in 2015 until after she and her 12 fellow influencers had been paid. The net cost of this fiasco to the taxpayer – $430,000.

The recent batch of written answers reveal the usual questionable spending of tax dollars – $1.9 million on the UN Security Council seat; $59,500 for the new Destination Canada logo, and the food and drink bill for various prime ministerial trips on the Airbus — $51,500 spent on a round trip to Paris, for example. (I’m sorry I missed the trip to the G20 in Japan last July – 57 bottles of wine were consumed on the round trip and $95,000 worth of food.)

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-written-answers-from-liberal-ministers-reveal-questionable-spending-by-federal-government?video_autoplay=true

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