As Canada’s 150th birthday draws near, here’s a look at some of the more unusual…
Projects our government have spent money on to celebrate the event. A red couch travels the country: $155,000. Coming soon to a city near you: a red couch you can sit on and tell the camera what Canada means to you. Or go online to watch videos of Canadians offer their two cents (spare change presumably found between the cushions). Handmade in Winnipeg, the one-of-a-kind couch travelling via an RV from coast to coast to coast was one of 38 signature projects chosen from 387 applicants that the Federal Government opted to fund to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
So what return did Canadian taxpayers get for their $155,000? As of last count, 57 video testimonials posted on YouTube—only three of which have achieved more than 100 views. The artists behind the couch project has argued the money is worth is: “Canada spends tons of money on public opinion polls to try and figure out what we like and don’t like, and it’s $155,000 — which is a drop in the bucket, really. This is probably the most important public poll that we undertake in a sense.”
A giant rubber duck: $121,000. Ontario’s provincial government was willing to spend money like water, as made evident by a $121,000 grant towards the rental of a 19-metre tall, 13,600-kg rubber duck that floats around at an upcoming waterfront festival in Toronto. Add in allegations from a Dutch artist, who says the duck coming to Canada is a counterfeit of his own creation, and the whole thing sounds too crazy to believe. Next up in the fiasco: upset Ontarians sending 797 tiny rubber ducks to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office as part of the “Duck Off Queen’s Park” protest campaign.
Branding Canada Ontario 150: $30,000, In case you got lost in all the excitement about Canada celebrating its 150th birthday, Ontario too is celebrating 150 years. The provincial government even paid $30,000 for an official log to mark the occasion. That’s our money being spent festively :-)-wisely?
Article credit: Maclean’s
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