These Trudeau Liberals sure know how to travel!
Melanie Joly, our heritage minister is headed to China for a cultural trade meeting that starts next week but she couldn’t resist adding on an extra few days in South Korea to learn all she can about K-Pop!
That’s right, the minister is studying Korean pop music as part of an extra four day trip that even her staff told her wasn’t overly valuable.
Here is Joly posting about being in Seoul on her Facebook page.
This story comes to us Le Journal de Quebec which cites memos obtained via access to information requests.
“It is recommended that any decision on a bilateral visit be postponed until a more comprehensive analysis of the Korean market and potential business opportunities for Canadian industries can be completed,” reads the document dated 14 December.
So Joly’s bureaucrats said she shouldn’t go, she went anyway.
I have no problem with politicians overruling the bureaucrats. We elect MPs not crats but I’m not the one who is in a cabinet led by a man that continually stands up and says he believes our great civil servants and implies not listening to their every word is somehow a sin.
Melanie Joly, that would be your boss I’m talking about.
I will ponder what the value is in studying K-Pop for the Canadian music industry though.
That is no slight against the wildly popular musical genre, I’d just like to point out that Canada does pretty damn well on the international music scene already.
Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, Drake. These are artists that not only did well in Canada last year, they dominated American charts and playlists. There is a long history of this.
This trip by Joly, which according to the story by Le Journal, only has four meetings scheduled over four days, seems like another taxpayer funded trip by a well connected Liberal.
They have the fun, you get to pay.