Justin Trudeau's Trip to Billionaire's Island Cost Taxpayers More Than $127K
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial family vacation to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan cost Canadian taxpayers more than $127,000, including thousands of dollars in per diems for government employees who also made the trip..
According to documents tabled in the House of Commons, overtime and shift differentials alone for the RCMP officers who accompanied him cost $18,735. The force paid another $53,253 in travel, accommodation and per diem costs.
Trudeau's flight to the Bahamas aboard a CC-144 Challenger cost the Department of National Defence $32,000, plus another $1,720 for food, beverages and associated fees.
Trudeau has come under fire in the House of Commons for taking the trip over the Christmas holidays and for his office's initial refusal to disclose where he was vacationing. The billionaire Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims.
Trudeau was accompanied on the trip by MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband as well as Liberal Party President Anna Gainey and her husband Tom Pitfield, a key member of Trudeau's election campaign team.
Trudeau has defended the trip, arguing that the Aga Khan is a longtime family friend. He has reimbursed taxpayers $4,895 for the trip — the cost of commercial plane tickets for him and his family.
Government security rules require that the prime minister not travel on commercial aircraft — even for personal vacations with their families.
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