Global Affairs Canada nixes cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau

Global Affairs Canada nixes cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau

The rock group Tokyo Police Club were the headliners at last week’s Canadian Blast BBQ event in Austin, Texas, but there was also a celebrity guest who showed up unannounced: a cardboard cut-out of Justin Trudeau.A steady stream of visitors lined up to wear red hats, wave flags and take selfies with the photogenic leader, hoisting their drinks and putting their arms around his cardboard shoulders.“Seems like you got a pretty cool prime minister,” one Texan among many told the Star’s pop music critic, Ben Rayner, on Wednesday at the South by Southwest Festival. The festival fans in general seemed to display an uncommon level of knowledge and enthusiasm for a Canadian politician, but perhaps they were getting a little too friendly. Global Affairs Canada has instructed its diplomatic missions in the United States to stop using life-size cardboard cut-outs of the prime minister to promote Canada.Article Continued BelowThe order follows the revelation last week that prime ministerial replicas turned up at an event last June organized by the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta and this month at South by Southwest.The Canadian Embassy in Washington also rush-ordered a cut-out of its own for use at Canada Day celebrations last year, at a cost of $147.79, including $72.80 for next-day delivery.The embassy has not explained whether the cardboard Trudeau was ever actually used.

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