PTC Web Desk: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office has clarified that he and his family are vacationing in Jamaica "at no cost at a location owned by family friends", contradicting the initial statement indicating they were paying for their stay. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) confirmed consultation with the federal ethics commissioner before the trip to ensure adherence to rules.
Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and their three children, is wrapping up his vacation on the Caribbean island. Despite their announcement of separation last summer after 18 years of marriage, both emphasised maintaining a close relationship.
Ahead of their departure on Boxing Day, Trudeau's office declared that they would cover the stay's expenses and reimburse the public for travel costs on a government plane. "The Prime Minister continues to reimburse the equivalent of a commercial airline ticket for his personal travel and that of his family," his office affirmed.
Although officials declined to disclose Trudeau's specific location, previous reports from CBC and Radio-Canada highlighted the family's stay at a luxurious estate owned by Peter Green, a longtime friend of the Trudeaus.
This isn't Trudeau's first vacation raising eyebrows. His trip to the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas in 2016 resulted in an ethics violation due to conflict-of-interest breaches. Former commissioner Mary Dawson ruled against Trudeau, stating that the exception allowing gifts from friends did not apply. However, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner could not divulge specific details about the current trip due to privacy requirements within conflict-of-interest rules.