Canada wanted a loon for its birthday. Instead, it is getting a duck. A bright yellow duck that is six stories high and inflatable….
“Nothing says ‘Celebrate Canada!’ like a 30,000-pound rubber duck by a foreign artist,” scoffed Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in Ottawa, one of many Canadians ruffled by the plan, partly funded by public money.
The towering waterfowl, which the organizers of Toronto’s Redpath Waterfront Festival are renting from a U.S. company, has spawned bewilderment on social media, become the subject of Canadian parliamentary debates and triggered a protest at the offices of top lawmakers.
Part of the issue is the price tag of roughly 71,000 Canadian dollars, or US$54,000, to rent the duck and dock it around the Toronto harbor at a time when worries are rising over the level of debt in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.
It is also a matter of national pride, which is also a Canadian obsession. “It’s our country’s birthday,” says Mr. Wudrick. “No one wants to be a party pooper. But at least make sure the festivities have something to do with Canada.”….