A $134,000 dinner held for the visiting Mexican president, Liberal politicians, and businesspeople this summer was worth every penny, say MPs and a former Canadian diplomat.
The June 27 dinner was hosted at Toronto’s Casa Loma, a castle-like building in the city’s core, for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who visited Canada on the eve of the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, which involved the two leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Mr. Trudeau hosted the Toronto dinner, while Governor General David Johnston hosted a state dinner the next evening at his residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.
Hosting the Toronto dinner cost the government $134,040 according to documents tabled in the House of Commons and released by Global Affairs Canada and the Privy Council Office. That included $7,390 on flowers, $12,617 on drinks, and $40,568 on food for the 253 people who attended, as well as transportation and expenses for officials involved in putting on the event, lighting, translation, entertainment, security, and more. The total came to an average of $530 per guest.
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