The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released a report indicating that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2019 Christmas vacation in Costa Rica cost taxpayers $196,137.
“Prime ministers are entitled to take vacations like anyone else, but they’re not entitled to stick taxpayers with a six-figure flight bill so they can sip mai tai’s on the beach,” said Aaron Wudrick, the CTF’s Federal Director.
According to records, six Challenger jets were used by the Trudeau's on their 16 day vacation. This made the total flight time about 34 hours. The normal flight time for a round trip between Ottawa and San Jose, Costa Rica, is about 11 hours.
Justin Trudeau has previously gone on other lavish trips, such as in 2017 when he visited the Bahamas, costing Canadians $215,000. This is in sharp contrast to other world leaders such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has flown commercially for vacations.
“Nearly $200,000 is an unacceptable bill for a prime minister’s family vacation,” said Wudrick. “It’s time to review our policy of prohibiting our prime ministers from flying commercial. If it’s safe enough for other world leaders, it should be safe enough for our own.”