In this article in the Ottawa Citizen, The Liberals seemto be valuing a BBQ with Justin Trudeau at $999.
How much is a five-person barbecue dinner with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau worth to you?
Federal Liberals sent out an email this week offering Canadians who donate $5 or more to the party between now and June 30 a chance to win a barbecue dinner for five with the Grit leader this summer.
It’s the party’s latest fundraising effort and is a clear attempt to combine Canadians’ love of grilling with what Liberals are hoping is Trudeau’s celebrity appeal.
“The leader loves having the chance to meet one-on-one with Canadians,” said Liberal party spokesman Olivier Duchesneau. “And obviously Canadians love to barbecue in the summer, so it was a great fit.”
But because the fundraiser is also a contest – the winner of the barbecue date will be chosen through a random draw – Duchesneau said the party was legally required to come up with a value for the prize.
And there it is in the fine print: “Approximate value of $999 CAD.”
So the Shiney Pony speaks at a fundraiser and the price is $20,000 but when you get him in an intimate 5 person BBQ fundraiser, the value is only $999. Considering he charged the $20,000 while an MP it should have gone up now that he is party leader.
This to me is a blatant attempt to bypass the donation limits the party has to set on the value of things. Recall when they had their “Sky is the limit” auction?
In that case they were forced to back down because people were bidding to exceed the donation limit of the prize. Well in this case the value received by the Liberals in $5 ticket prices far exceeds the value of the $999 claim and it will also likely exceed the $1200 limit per person.
It may be “legal” but it is still optically circumventing the rules via technicalities.
Liberals….OfficiallyScrewing over Canadians since 1867.,