A group is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, of being “for sale” because she accepts gifts and clothing loans from Canadian designers.
According to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s public registry, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received clothes, jewelry, and shoes worth a total of $3,000 of which includes:
- Rudsak coat she wore to the funeral of René Angélil
- Pink Tartan tuxedo suit worn during an awards ceremony in New York
- Ellie Mae jacket, Alan Anderson earrings and five pairs of Aldo shoes for her official trip to Washington.
Under current regulations, all gifts over $200 in value must be disclosed to the registry. Loans with rental value over $200 must also be reported. Those valued at more than $1,000 must be forfeited to the Crown.But the outfits at special events, like the dresses by Canadian designer Lucian Matis (featured in main pic) that the P.M’s wife wore at the White House, don’t qualify in this category because they were samples and samples have no market value.
Designer Matis said he wanted to give them to the prime minister’s wife to thank her for all the publicity, but she returned them afterwards regardless and thanked him.
“Pay for your own clothes, like everyone else has to, and rent them if it’s for a special event, like everyone else has to,” said Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch. “She’s a celebrity, but she’s also the spouse of the most powerful politician in the country.”
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