Canada’s foreign service spent thousands of dollars staging performances where seniors shared their sexual encounters on stage in Austria, Taiwan and elsewhere. 

According to a press release by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), the stage show by the Toronto theatre troupe Mammalian Diving Reflex was titled “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had’ and received $12,520 from Canadian taxpayers. 

Global Affairs Canada paid for the trips to Austria, Taiwan and Australia via the Mission Cultural Fund (MCF).

The group spent five weeks in Taipei City in 2019 to select and train a group of elderly people who shared their sexual experiences with live audiences. The show, which cost $4,000, was supposed to promote the Canadian values of free speech and tolerance.

“I’d like to meet the person who thought paying for seniors to relive their sex lives in front of a live audience in another country is a good use of Canadian tax dollars,” said CTF federal director Franco Terrazzano.

“How do sex stories from seniors in other countries promote Canada?”

The MCF was first started in 2016 with a budget of $1.75 million per year, but according to the CTF the fund has been spending much more than its budget – about $2 million extra each year for the first three years.

Global Affairs has also been involved in other controversial projects via the fund.

In 2019, the MCF paid Canadian artist Peaches $8,813.70 for a sex toy art exhibit in Hamburg, Germany called “Whose Jizz Is This?”

“First we learned of the so-called art show in Germany featuring giant sex toys, and now we’re learning taxpayers are also on the hook for these weird stage productions where seniors share sex stories,” said Terrazzano. 

“What on earth is going on at Global Affairs Canada?”