Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire for his pastry choices.
"Picked up some of Winnipeg’s best to keep us going through another full day of Cabinet meetings. Thanks for the fuel, @OhDoughnuts," Trudeau shared along with a photo of him carrying seven boxes of doughnuts.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 20, 2020
Innocent enough, right? According to the internet, no.
An assortment of 12 "regular doughnuts" costs $35 Canadian ($26.61 in US dollars), and assortments of 12 "specialty doughnuts" cost $47 Canadian ($35.73 USD), according to Oh Doughnuts' website. Many people on social media took offense to the high price point, accusing him of using taxpayer dollars for the sweet treats.
"At $47 a dozen. I guess when you have unlimited taxpayer credit card, paying outrageous money for donuts is ok. Tim Hortons too low class for you," one person said on Twitter.
At $47 a,dozen. I guess when you have unlimited tax payer credit card, paying outrageous money for donuts is ok. Tim Hortons too low class for you
— Mr. Dr B (@DrBoeing) January 21, 2020
— the Misters Mrs. 🇨🇦 (@YepitsMe4sure) January 20, 2020
Others praised Trudeau for shopping locally.
You’re in for a real treat! The fuzzy peach doughnuts are the real deal 🍩 Thanks for supporting local businesses! #Winnipeg
— Sabrina Carnevale (@SabrinaCsays) January 20, 2020
The local shop came to the prime minister's defense and explained its prices.
"Our pricing reflects our respect for our employees, the environment and our commitment to quality, local goods. We are a small biz that really appreciated the sale on a cold Jan Mon morn," the bakery wrote.
We are locally owned;employ 30+ staff who enjoy breaks and have the option of joining a benefit plan;we use local butter, eggs and flour;our doughnuts are made fresh daily;we do our best to pay a living wage & never pay minimum wage;
— OhDoughnuts (@OhDoughnuts) January 21, 2020
For Trudeau's part, he's remained silent on the doughnut drama.