Taxpayers paid $200,000 for high-flying Cirque du Soleil show at international parliamentary conference in Quebec

National Post | News

Federal politics is often considered a bit of a circus, and now there’s a $200,000 taxpayer-funded tab to prove it.

The federal government paid $199,500 to Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil so the high-flying acrobatic show could perform as part of the inaugural ceremony of the 2012 Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Quebec City.

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The federal government paid $129,000 to former Conservative cabinet minister David Emerson, a respected member of the business community, for his expertise and work leading a review of Canada’s aerospace and space policies and programs. The review was launched Feb. 27, 2012, with a final report provided to the government Nov. 29, 2012. The Conservative government announced its response to space sector recommendations earlier this week.

The Conservative government paid Deloitte approximately $10.5 million for 26 contracts worth $100,000 or more. Millions of dollars were paid to various accounting and…

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