Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family getaway to the Aga Khan’s island during the winter break cost taxpayers over $125,000.
According to documents tabled in the House of Commons on Monday, the prime minister’s controversial vacation to the Aga Khan’s island in the Bahamas put taxpayers on the hook for a $32,000 in flight costs and a RCMP bill of $70,000.
It cost The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence $32,000 to fly Trudeau, his family and some colleagues down south, plus another $1,720.37 in food, airport taxes, among other “supplementary goods and services.”
The RCMP, responsible for providing security for the prime minister, billed taxpayers $71,988.87. The cost includes $18,735 in shift differentials and overtime and another $53,253 in travel, accommodations and per diems.
Global Affairs Canada, which according to the documents provides support to the Privy Council Office (PCO) for all international visits for the prime minister, billed taxpayers $11, 978 in transportation, 1,927.85 in accommodations and another $1,267 in per diems.
A “tour technician” with the PCO amounted at total bill of $6,305.32 for the trip.
The prime minister said he would reimburse taxpayers a portion of the trip. According to the CBC, Trudeau coughed up $4,895.
Trudeau is in the midst of an ethics probe over his trip to the islands and the use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter.
The investigations were suggested to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner by Conservative MPs.
The use of a private helicopter, is addressed in section 12 of the Conflict of Interest Act. It says that no public office holder “shall accept travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft” but also lists exceptions to this rule if there are exceptional circumstances.
Trudeau has said he doesn’t believe there should be an issue with his use of the Aga Khan’s helicopter to get from main land Bahamas.
–with a file from Global News reporter Amy Minsky