The Liberal cabinet approved the Trans-Mountain pipeline on Tuesday, putting shovels back on the ground in this repeatedly-delayed project. Leaked messages show that Kinder Morgan, the company from which Trudeau purchased the pipeline, relied on the Canadian government’s weak economic skills in preparing a congratulatory gift basket.

The messages obtained by MJPSatire show Richard Kinder telling his assistant to purchase Trudeau’s gift from the dollar store, as “the Canadians seem to have a tough time appraising purchases anyhow and we could always save a Buck or Two.”

See below the full messages between Kinder Morgan’s Co-founder and Executive Chairman Richard Kinder and his then-assistant, who begins a new job on Monday:

This piece is part of the MJPS Satire section. Although potentially based on true events, it is not intended to accurately portray reality. Opinions expressed through this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect the position of the McGill Journal of Political Studies or the Political Science Students’ Association.

Featured image by Lauren Hill