OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau may still be a big draw on the international circuit, but his cardboard stand-ins have fallen flat.
Global Affairs has instructed diplomatic missions in the United States to stop using life-size cardboard cut-outs of the prime minister to promote Canada.
The order follows the revelation last week that prime ministerial replicas turned up at an event last June organized by the Canadian consulate in Atlanta and earlier this month at a Canadian music festival in Austin, Tex.
The Canadian embassy in Washington also rush-ordered a cut-out of its own for use at Canada Day celebrations last year, at a cost of $147.79, including $72.80 for next-day delivery.
The embassy has not explained whether the cardboard Trudeau was ever actually used.
Regardless, it will now have to go into storage.