by Spencer Fernando
September 13, 2017
Justin Trudeau’s vacation trip to the billionaire Aga Khan’s private island was initially downplayed by the government, despite the continuing ethics issues facing Trudeau in the wake of it.
The government tried to downplay the cost, but it was later revealed that the trip cost taxpayers $125,000 – including covering the cost of some of Trudeau’s entourage on a “diplomatic note”, though those individuals were not revealed.
However, it turns out the trip cost even more.
A new report shows that the trip cost $215,000, which is way more than Parliament was initially told.
Here’s an excerpt from the report:
“The new figures from the RCMP bring the cost to the Canadian government of Trudeau’s stay as a guest of the Aga Khan on Bell Island to $215,398. That amount, which covers the RCMP, DND, Global Affairs Canada and the Privy Council’s costs, is 70 per cent higher than the $127,187 tab first tabled in Parliament. The news that the trip cost more than initially believed comes as Trudeau is under investigation by Parliament’s ethics watchdog and already under opposition fire for the cost of the Christmas holiday trip in 2016 to an exclusive private island in the Bahamas.”
Strangely, the report notes that “the Prime Minister did not attend the entirety of the trip”, but the government didn’t provide any more information on that.
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