Engagement Honorariums

Incorrect information in circulating regarding members of the Trudeau family earning honorariums, and the amount reimbursed for their associated expenses. Honorariums paid to members of the Trudeau family totalled $217,500 for 35 engagements (with multiple events per engagement) between October 2016 and March 2020. Some media outlets and politicians are incorrectly identifying expenses paid to cover their travel, food, hotels, etc., as fees paid to the speakers themselves.

In order to correct the public record please see the full breakdown of all engagement honorariums and expenses related to Margaret Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau here:

Margaret Trudeau Between October 2016 and March 2020, a speaking bureau was used to engage Margaret Trudeau 28 times. On each occasion she provided an average of 3-5 events per engagement.

For one engagement, there was no compensation. The amount she received in fees for the 27 engagements totalled $180,000.00 (after 20% commission paid to Speaker’s Spotlight) averaging $6,666.66 per engagement. The total amount of expenses (hospitality costs including food, hotels, car service) was $163,654.74, which captured several international trips to both the United States and United Kingdom, and represents an average of $6,061.29 for each engagement. An additional $160 in gifts was provided to Margaret Trudeau during this time.

Alexandre Trudeau Between September 2017 and February 2018, a speaking bureau was used to engage Alexandre Trudeau 9 times. On each occasion he provided an average of 3-5 events per engagement.

The amount he received in engagement and ancillary event fees for these 9 engagements totalled $36,000.00 (after 20% commission paid to Speaker’s Spotlight), averaging $4,333.33 per engagement. The total amount of expenses (hospitality costs including food, hotels, car service, and flights) covered for Alexandre Trudeau over the 9 engagements he attended was $22,025.42, or an average of $2,447.26 per engagement. An additional $230 in gifts was provided to Alexandre Trudeau during this time.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau Between February 2012 and March 2020, Sophie Trudeau attended a total of 8 WE Day events.

She received a one-time speaking fee of $1,500.00 in 2012. The total amount of expenses (hospitality costs including hotels, car service, and flights) covered for Sophie Trudeau over the 8 events she attended was $23,940.76, or an average of $2,992.59 per event. An additional $240 in gifts was provided to Sophie Trudeau during this time.