The City of Toronto recently played host to a swanky fundraiser at the Kimpton St. George Hotel, where attendees paid a whopping $1,700 per plate for the privilege. The event promised a unique in-person experience with Justin Trudeau and Adam van Koeverden, as well as a discussion on the Liberal government’s work to build a better, stronger, and more resilient Canada. However, the exclusivity of the event and the high price tag raised eyebrows and sparked criticism.
Critics pointed out that the event seemed to cater to a wealthy and privileged crowd, leaving little room for the average Canadian to participate in the discussion about the country’s future. The price tag of $1,700 per plate also raised questions about accessibility and whether such an event truly reflected the values of inclusivity and equality that Trudeau often touts.
It’s worth noting that independent media outlets were not granted access to the hotel, while only state-sponsored mainstream media were present inside. This raised concerns about media freedom and the ability for journalists to ask tough questions and hold the government accountable. Furthermore, Trudeau himself was whisked in and out of the hotel via the underground parking lot to avoid encountering the demonstrators outside, many of whom were waving flags with the words “F— Trudeau.”
Critics of the event also questioned what tangible accomplishments the Trudeau government has achieved during its eight years in power. While the legalization of marijuana often gets cited as a notable achievement, detractors argued that there must be more to show for such a long tenure in office. However, without the opportunity for independent journalists to directly question Trudeau, these concerns went unanswered.
The steep price of the fundraiser drew particular ire from critics, with some suggesting that the dinner was overpriced by $1,699.99. This sentiment highlights the disconnect between the Trudeau government and everyday Canadians, many of whom are struggling with economic challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The high price tag of the event seemed out of touch with the financial realities faced by many citizens.
In the end, the exclusive fundraiser at the Kimpton St. George Hotel raised questions about accessibility, media freedom, and the Trudeau government’s accomplishments. It served as a reminder of the growing disconnect between political elites and the average Canadian. The event also highlighted the importance of holding politicians accountable and ensuring that discussions about the country’s future are inclusive and representative of all Canadians, regardless of their economic status.