Jan 17, 2024
By Jeremy Logan
A House of Commons committee is meeting Wednesday for a discussion about whether or not to investigate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent vacation to Jamaica.
According to Conservative MP Michael Barrett, it’s not about whether the prime minister should be able to go on vacation, noting that it’s about a changing narrative from Trudeau’s office.
Early this month, the Prime Minister’s Office said Trudeau’s family was staying at a location that was owned by family friends at no cost.
The PMO had earlier said the family would cover the cost of their stay, and said that Trudeau consulted with the ethics commissioner.
Barrett is asking whether the commissioner was misled.
Last week, Trudeau’s office said that any allegation that they would mislead the commissioner is “categorically false.”
At a press conference in New Brunswick Wednesday morning, Trudeau said that like many Canadians, his family went to stay with friends over the holidays, and maintained that all the rules were followed.
The New Democratic Party is arguing that it should not be so easy for the ultra-wealthy to influence their political friends, and are asking for a review of the Conflict of Interest Act itself.