OTTAWA—They spent nearly $100,000 on a table for a two-day meeting.
Now, half of it is sitting in storage. The federal government tried unsuccessfully to flog it on its equivalent of eBay then couldn’t even give it away, the Star has learned.
The plywood and laminate Toronto G20 conference table, bought second-hand from the U.S. government for $97,000, didn’t get a single bid when the federal government listed it on the Crown Assets Distribution online auction site.
Unable to unload the massive circular table, which seats up to 66 at the outer ring, the federal government offered it to the town of Huntsville.
But while Huntsville found a home at its new University of Waterloo campus for the three dozen desks that comprised the outer ring of the table, it didn’t want the inner ring where the leaders like Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S President Barack Obama sat.
“The table is a piece of junk,” explained John Finley, economic development officer for the town of Huntsville. “It’s particle board.”