This week’s news that the prime minister jetted off to a Florida island retreat is yet another example of the Trudeau family’s propensity for disappearing to a sun-packed paradise that most Canadians have never heard of.
In the midst of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, he and his wife escaped to North Captiva Island off Florida’s west coast.
According to the Team Swanbeck real estate agency, it can only be reached by ferry, private boat, or a small plane.
It’s got it all—white, sandy beaches, lush greenery, private docks, and even manatees frolicking in the water.
Then there were the three visits that Trudeau and/or members of his family took to the Aga Khan’s private island, Bells Cay, in the Bahamas in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
That was the subject of a report by former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson. She found that Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act.
“When Mr. Trudeau, as prime minister, accepted the gifts of hospitality from the Aga Khan and the use of his private island in March and December 2016, there were ongoing official dealings with the Aga Khan, and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada was registered to lobby his office,” Dawson said in a news release in 2017. “Therefore, the vacations accepted by Mr. Trudeau or his family could reasonably be seen to have been given to influence Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as prime minister.
Dawson revealed the role of Trudeau’s wife in arranging one of these trips.
“In mid-July 2016, Ms. Grégoire Trudeau contacted the Aga Khan’s daughter and inquired whether her family would be able to vacation on Bells Cay at Christmas,” she wrote in her report. “Mr. Trudeau said they chose to vacation at Bells Cay as it offers security and privacy for himself and his family.”
Grégoire Trudeau later asked if she could invite friends as well, and the Aga Khan’s daughter agreed to this.
Dawson’s report also noted that in 1983, Pierre Trudeau and his children, including Justin, spent two weeks vacationing on Greek islands with the Aga Khan’s family.
Those aren’t the only such vacations.
Earlier this year, the Straight reported that Trudeau and his wife went to Mauritius for their honeymoon in 2005.
It’s an African nation, comprised of several islands, about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Article courtesy of Straight.com