Hundreds of pages of documents released by the Office of the Privy Council show the changes in household and grocery bills during the period when Harper's period came to an end and the family moved into Trudeau.
The residence itself changed, of course; the Trudeaus had avoided 24 Sussex famously and moved to Rideau Cottage.
But let's look at the foods. Taxpayers pay for all the usual expenses of the family of prime minister, including the residence itself (as well as all maintenance), foods, decoration, coffee runs, and occasional trips to The Beer Shop or LCBO.
The PMO runs tabs in a variety of food retailers, and under Stephen Harper the main support was Boy Boy.
On average, the Harpers spent just over $ 1,000 a month at Farm Boy, not an unreasonable bill for a family with children growing. They also made smaller purchases in other shops such as Market Street on York Street, Metro, Your Independent Grocer and Costco.
There was also a steady business with Loblaws, who had a contract for “refreshments” for guests and employees of the Prime Minister, budgeted at a maximum of $ 13,000 a year.
The Trudeaus brought a change in cooking style. They went suddenly and very organically.
In January 2016, the new family spent $ 2,533 in Market Organics, which sold food and body care products. (The shop has since closed.)
Meanwhile, the Boy Farm tab reduced to $ 612 that month.
The Trudeaus Market Organics tab continued in the following months – $ 2,080 in February and $ 1,955 in March.
They kept in touch with Loblaws too – about $ 1,500 a month during this period – and sometimes ran an account in a meat shop to upgrade, Your Corner Butcher on York Street ($ 854 in June 2016, $ 492 in December.)
Trudeau's family goods also came from a health food supermarket in Gatineau, La Boite à Grains on St Joseph Street.
Receipts show that they spent $ 2,324 there in January 2017, and $ 1,814 the following month. Now, after a year in office, their flavor of Market Organics had fallen slightly, with purchases totaling $ 832 in January 2017.
Like many documents released under the Access to Information and Privacy Act, these grocery bills present some barriers. The images are scanned unclear and often in small print, and different accounts and years are mixed with each other.
Difficult to follow is the amount of material that has been brought out privately, or national security. Many whole documents are blackened out except for the word “Invoice,” and a sum of money.
Some others have partially: You can know exactly what PMO staff spend in any store on a particular day, but not the nature of the purchases.
And Boy Boy has points: Buy frequently from the salad bar often enough and get one for free. But total PMO salad points are confidential.
In many ways, the expenses accounts also show the order of life of prime ministers.
• There are receipts from a playground. Also Costco.
• Parking receipts are for 25 and 50 cents. Yes, the PMO counts pennies.
• Foods come mainly from Farm Boy and Loblaws, but also from Bulk Barn, Home Hardware, Canada Tire, and Winners. The bakery above Moulin de Provence appears in the records, but the shopkeeper has changed back from $ 5. Someone in the Trudeau era like Bridgehead, but only here and there.
• Some of the accounts sat just before the PMO paid. The January bill of La Boîte à Grains remained unpaid when the February bill arrived. Another (unknown) seller complained twice that the bills in the past were 30 to 60 days.
• There is a bill of Beckta on Elgin Street. Somehow, the dentists escaped for $ 60, which is a mystery. Must be a light lunch. Side note: the bill is listed as $ 55 and $ 5. Did Mr and Mrs. Canada interpret?
• And once Trudeau CEO spent $ 2.28 on newspapers.
The receipts and accounts statements are in a set of PMO expenses documents required by the Office of the Privy Council two years ago, covering the period from late 2015 to early 2017. Under rules Once a pack of documents is released to one person, anyone else can request a copy.