Trudeau sparks online drama for doughnut buying photo

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sparked mixed reactions online after he posted a photo of himself at a Winnipeg-based doughnut shop.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received mixed reactions from the online community after he tweeted a photo of himself carrying doughnut boxes out of the Oh Doughnuts shop in Winnipeg.

On Tuesday, Trudeau tweeted the photo with the caption: “Picked up some of Winnipeg’s best to keep us going through another full day of Cabinet meetings. Thanks for the fuel, @OhDoughnuts. #shoplocal”

The doughnut shop responded to the Prime Minister’s post through its own tweet thanking Trudeau for his visit. Oh Doughnuts wrote: “We can confirm he carried these out the door. Pretty sure Health Canada would agree everything is okay in moderation.”

While some people online immediately praised Trudeau for his support for a local business, others criticized him for what they deem as an overly “expensive” doughnut purchase by the Canadian Prime Minister.


In the photo, Trudeau appeared to be carrying five large boxes and two smaller boxes of doughnuts from the shop. Based on the Oh Dougnuts website, an assortment of 12 regular doughnuts costs $26.61 while assortments of 12 specialty doughnuts could cost up to $35.73.

One Twitter user wrote “I guess Tim’s isnt good enough at $10 a dozen,” referring to the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. He added: “Nothing says I am middle class than $47 a dozen donuts. Just another elitist selfie moment.”

On the other hand, Canadian comedian Tommy Campbell thanked Trudeau for “buying local at a place that actually makes donuts.”

In response to the controversy, Oh Doughnuts launched a tweet thread discussing its business practices and explaining its prices.

The doughnut company said: “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.”

“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,” it added.