Justin Trudeau – PM’s 2019 Costa Rica family holiday cost taxpayers nearly $200Gs: docs
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Alex Wellstead, press secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, said Wednesday “as per long-standing government policy and because of security reasons, the prime minister must use one of the Royal Canadian Air Force planes for all his travel, whether on official or personal business.”
The Department of National Defence claims the flight hours in this case were 5.5 hours for the flight to Costa Rica, and 4.9 hours for the return to Ottawa, for a total of 10.4 hours.
“Following the $5,543 per hour from the Cost Factors Manual, this would be a total cost of $57,647,” said a department spokesperson Wednesday.
“There were additional transits that resulted from the squadron’s decision to accommodate holiday leave plans for the crew. These additional hours were flown out of the squadron’s training budget.”
As for food and beverages costs, the department claims they can vary and are dependent on several different factors, such as catering costs may be higher in locations where food costs or the exchange rate are higher.
Publicly-available data showed that on top of the Trudeau’s outbound and flight back to Canada, there were four subsequent flights by two separate RCAF Challengers between Ottawa and Costa Rica during their vacation.
In 2017, Trudeau came under fire after it was revealed his vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas cost taxpayers more than $215,000.
— With files by Bryan Passifiume