To Florentijn Hofman, the Dutch artist who inspired the creation of a world famous – some might say pointless – 30,000-pound rubber ducky, the giant toy highlights earth’s “global bathtubs.”

“It means we’re living on one planet,” Hofman once told reporters.

To others, though, it represents governmental waste – and further confirmation the Ontario government is living in an alternate universe.

Including stops in Toronto, Midland, Brockville, Amherstburg and Sault Ste. Marie to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next month, the giant duck tour of Ontario is expected to cost about $200,000, according to Ontario 150 co-producer Lea Parrell. Ninety percent of that is covered by grants, with the largest share from the Ontario ministry of tourism, culture and sport, he told Postmedia.

Parrell added the province didn’t cover all of the duck-related expenses. For the Toronto appearance, despite a $130,000 grant from the Ontario government and more dough from the feds, the committee had to pay thousands extra for the crane and inflation technology needed to set the duck up.


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