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Joe Oliver Abruptly Cancelled An Event At A Men-Only Club In Toronto

The finance minister was going to talk about "the future of the Canadian economy" at the Cambridge Club. Women could only attend as "guests."

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Do you have $40 and a penis? If so, you could have heard the finance minister talk about "the future of the Canadian economy" — if it hadn't been cancelled at the last minute.

Joe Oliver was set to speak Wednesday to a members-only event at the lads-exclusive Cambridge Club in Toronto.

Conservatives: We're in touch with the middle class. Joe Oliver: I'm speaking at a men's only club that has a $1500 initiation fee. #elxn42

According to the club's website, members are "anything but typical."

"Let’s hear it for the Bay Street Boys, the contenders, the connoisseurs, the tastemakers and the suits," the site reads. "Here’s to the early birds, the influencers, the philosophers, the party animals and the class clowns. Here’s to the Cambridge Club, where success meets sophistication."

@HilaryHolden @Justin_Ling I actually threw up in my mouth a little when I read the club's membership description.

We did too, John.


The club dubs itself the "downtown playground for Toronto's most successful executives," known for its "legendary backgammon evenings."

"Competitive squash ladders and leagues, the fully equipped weight room and cardio centre are all readily available to keep your mind and body in top gear," the website reads. "But, to truly appreciate the Cambridge Club, look no further than our stacked social calendar: single malt tastings, legendary backgammon evenings, holiday parties and the infamous Bentley Cup."


Women were reportedly invited to attend the event as guests, presumably meaning they would need to be invited by a male member.


Joe Oliver campaign had to cancel the event this morning because "Something came up" that prevented him from attending, says club president.

Joe Oliver speaks to many groups, organizations and individuals in many places on a variety of topics, including the economy, security and leadership. He will continue to knock on doors and talk to people in his community of Eglinton-Lawrence about our low tax plan for jobs and growth.

This isn't the first time Oliver has opted to talk about the economy at a private high-end event.

In April, people had to pay $100 to $124 to see the finance minister at a luncheon hosted by the Economic Club of Canada.

Meanwhile, Oliver had yet to table the federal budget.

The Conservatives and NDP have come under fire recently for declining to participate in a leaders' debate about women's issues.

After Conservative leader Stephen Harper declined to participate in Up for Debate, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who had agreed in principle to attend, pulled out. The event was cancelled as a result.

It now appears Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green party Leader Elizabeth May could take part in a more informal discussion on the topic, while Mulcair will do an interview.

Emma Loop is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. PGP fingerprint: 4A39 DD99 953C 6CAF D68C 85CD C380 AB23 859B 0611.

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