The federal government is allocating $150,000 in taxpayer dollars on four-day seminars for public service workers on “contemplative dialogue” and “awareness and the human person.”

A notice of the training sessions claims that “select staff [are to] attend four-day intensive training on active engagement,” followed by “coaching and mentoring.” 

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the training sessions are being conducted by the Center for Contemplative Dialogue of Georgetown, Indiana for the Canada Energy Regulator. 

This is not the first time that the federal agency has coughed up thousands on communications workshops. 

Two years ago, the Canada Energy Regulator spent $49,641 for its employees to attend training sessions titled Active Engagement: The Practice Of Mindful Leadership.

Among the topics covered in the training sessions are lessons on “the non-defined self”, “active noticing” and awareness and the human person.

Officials with the Canada Energy Regulator did not respond for comment on the spending. 

The Trudeau government has made many questionable spending decisions in the last few months.

In July, it was revealed that the Liberal government spent $10.5 million on climate change research which was never completed. Despite the fact that funds were given to seven different studies, none of the research culminated in any reports. 

In March, AMD Medicom was awarded a 10-year, $113 million contract by the Trudeau government to produce face masks despite having no factories in Canada.

In June, the Trudeau government selected WE Charity to administer a $912 million fund through the Canada Student Service Grant program. Through the agreement, WE could have earned as much as $43 million and pay for hundreds of positions with its organization.

When the deal was announced, it was not publicly known that WE had paid members of the Trudeau family for speaking gigs since 2016. Margaret Trudeau, the prime minister’s mother, received $312,000 from WE. Alexandre Trudeau, his brother, received $32,000.

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