Newly released documents detail public cost of Trudeau’s controversial vacation. Most of it was for security.
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial holiday to the Aga Khan’s private island cost Canadian taxpayers at least $127,000, newly released documents show.
Most of the bill is related to security for the prime minister and his family. The RCMP detail that travelled with the Trudeaus cost at least $71,988.87 — including more than $18,000 in overtime wages and $53,000 in per diems for the RCMP members — according to the documents released to Parliament on Tuesday.
Further costs included $32,000 for the use of the government’s CC-144 Challenger jet, and roughly $15,000 for the transportation, accommodation and per diems of staff from Global Affairs Canada.
The PMO has previously said that security rules bar him from flying commercial, but that he and his family reimburse the equivalent cost of commercial tickets when they travel for personal reasons on government planes.
There was also a $6,300 bill for the travel costs of a “tour technician” from the Privy Council Office, the arm of the bureaucracy that supports the PMO.
Ottawa’s ethics commissioner is currently investigating whether Trudeau broke Parliamentary rules by accepting a private helicopter ride from the Bahamian capital to the Aga Khan’s island.
Outside the House of Commons Tuesday, Conservative MP Gérard Deltell told reporters that he found the cost of the trip to be “extremely” high.
“The Prime Minister should take that into account when he speaks on behalf of Canadians,” he said.
Speaking during question period, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins denounced the price for food and beverages on the Challenger plane, which the documents said were $1,720.37.
“Just what in the world was the Prime Minister eating on that plane ride?” Calkins asked.
Bardish Chagger, the Government Leader in the House of Commons, responded that it’s normal for police to travel with the prime minister for security.