Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a family vacation and Canadians have a lot to say about it.
In an email statement to Daily Hive, the prime minister’s office (PMO) confirmed that Trudeau and his family are on vacation for the first two weeks of August in Costa Rica.
It’s the same destination where the family spent their 2019 Christmas holiday.
“The prime minister will of course be regularly briefed during this time, as always,” the PMO stated.
Many Canadians were quick to accuse the prime minister of using tax payer’s dollars to fund his holidays.
“I don’t care that Trudeau is taking a vacation, I really don’t,” one person tweeted. “What I do care about is the fact that his vacations are funded by Canadians.”
I don’t care that Trudeau is taking a vacation, I really don’t.
What I do care about is the fact that his vacations are funded by Canadians.
— Sunshine & Sass (@sunshine22kas) August 2, 2022
“He’ll spend tens of thousands of OUR money on this vacation. SICKENING!!” tweeted another person.
Here we go again: Trudeau boards the government jet and escapes to Costa Rica for 2 weeks. My family axed our annual trip to PEI this year due to lack of funds. The price of everything up! Gas most of all. He’ll spend tens of thousands of OUR money on this vacation. SICKENING!!
— Kathy McKay (@KathyMcKayNB) August 1, 2022
However, the PMO clarified that the family will be using money out of their own pocket to pay for the stay and that they consulted the Ethics Commissioner’s office on the matter.
The prime minister seems to have kicked off the week with a lot of criticism.
On the heels of his trip, online flight trackers revealed that Trudeau spent all but 11 days of July in the air, which released nearly 120 tons of carbon dioxide into the environment.
The family’s last flight on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane to and from Costa Rica cost the government about $57,000, with thousands more spent on the flight crews’ stay in San Jose, reported The Canadian Press.
Many Canadians have also come to the prime minister’s defense.
“This may come as a shock to certain people, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also allowed to have a vacation,” tweeted one person. “I find this manufactured outrage beyond ridiculous… it’s literally just two weeks.”
This may come as a shock to certain people, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also allowed to have a vacation with his family just like every other Canadian. I find this manufactured outrage beyond ridiculous… it’s literally just two weeks. This is not news worthy.
— Patrick Gagnon (@patgagnon_75) August 1, 2022
So what. Justin Trudeau is allowed to go on Vacation, he does not need our permission. He IS THE PM yes he flies on a private jet and yes he needs security. HE IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA. CANADA is our COUNTRY…….idiots all Media.
— Fran The INFINITE Fan (@nanook660) August 2, 2022
Others criticized the media for highlighting the wrong stories, referencing the Ontario government’s inaction during the ongoing pandemic.
“The entire Ontario government has been missing in action since the beginning of June. Crickets,” tweeted one person.
“But Trudeau taking a two-week family vacation generates as much noise in the media as the time he took a half day off on a Saturday that was a designated federal holiday.”
The entire Ontario government has been missing in action since the beginning of June. Crickets.
But Trudeau taking a two-week family vacation generates as much noise in the media as the time he took a half day off on a Saturday that was a designated federal holiday. #CdnMediaFailed
— john d beggs (@dbeggs13) August 1, 2022
“Not a single one talking about Ontario’s cottageing premier and missing minister of health while our health care system collapses,” tweeted another.
Conservative Canadian media all reporting on Trudeau on vacation, and not a single one talking about Ontario’s cottage premier and missing Minister of Health while our health care system collapses.
— Phil Rickaby (@philrickaby) August 1, 2022
This isn’t the first time the prime minister has been in hot water for a family trip.
In 2017, Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act after he and his family vacationed on the Aga Khan’s private island.