Canada's diplomats have been told to stop using life-size, cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau at promotional events.
Stand-up images of the prime minister have appeared at Canadian events in the United States, attracting visitors, many of whom have snapped fake-Trudeau selfies and then posted them on social media.
A Trudeau cut-out appeared at Canada Day events last year at the embassy in Washington, for example, and as recently as last week, at a Canadian tourism booth at the South by Southwest arts festival in Austin, Texas.
But after Conservative party researchers alerted news media, including CBC News, to the images, Global Affairs Canada ordered an end to the practice.
"We are aware of instances where our missions in the United States had decided to purchase and use these cut-outs," department spokesperson Michael O'Shaughnessy said in an email.
"The missions have been asked to no longer use these for their events."
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