Trudeau’s va­ca­tion back with vengeance

The Barrie Examiner - - OPINION -

here’s no prob­lem with Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and his fam­ily go­ing on va­ca­tion dur­ing a quiet pe­riod.

What is prob­lem­atic is the gov­ern­ment mis­lead­ing Cana­di­ans and tax­pay­ers.

This all came to the fore again on Wed­nes­day when the CBC re­ported on ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion doc­u­ments that dis­closed the cost of Trudeau’s hol­i­day trip to the Ba­hamas is now clock­ing in at dou­ble the pre­vi­ous to­tal.

Back in March, Cana­di­ans were told the cost to bring Trudeau and friends to the Aga Khan’s pri­vate is­land was $127,000. There were mur­murs that this wasn’t the fi­nal cost, as some items were still be­ing tal­lied.

That’s un­der­stand­able if only as a re­minder that gov­ern­ment is an un­wieldy beast, un­able to keep tabs on all of its com­ings and go­ings and pa­per­work.

Yet what we learned this week wasn’t just that the price tag is now al­most dou­ble the last amount — com­ing in at $215,000 — but also that it could go higher yet.

This price jump came from much higher costs on the part of the RCMP. In re­sponse, Trudeau told me­dia he wasn’t go­ing to nit­pick over the choices the RCMP made to do their job. We get that and agree in prin­ci­ple.

But the PM needs to know how much th­ese per­sonal trips cost so he can fac­tor this in when mak­ing sim­i­lar choices in the fu­ture.

The much-spo­ken-of mid­dle class Trudeau has pledged to cham­pion doesn’t go on va­ca­tions like this, to pri­vate is­lands owned by bil­lion­aires.

Most of them would have set­tled for a run-of-the-mill all-in­clu­sive re­sort. That’s to say noth­ing of all the low-in­come Cana­di­ans for whom va­ca­tions just aren’t an op­tion at all.

Mean­while, Trudeau faces two sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the ethics com­mis­sioner over this trip.

The worst part of all of this, though, is the dis­clo­sure. From the be­gin­ning, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice didn’t even want the me­dia (and there­fore the pub­lic) to know he was on va­ca­tion. And now all of this ex­pense info comes out in drips and drabs.

Trudeau hasn’t of­fered any hu­mil­ity in this saga. Given how out of touch all this makes him look, he should re­think that ap­proach.

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