Friday, June 2, 2023

RCMP resolves impasse, pays $56K bill related to Trudeau’s trip to Aga Khan’s island

The cost to the Canadian government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas increased to $271,000 when the RCMP wrote a cheque two weeks ago for $56,000 worth of meals, accommodations and jet ski rentals.

The police force, which ensures the safety of the prime minister when he travels, had given up on trying to reimburse the amount for the trip over the 2016/17 Christmas holidays and had considered the matter closed. However, that changed a few weeks ago, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Caroline Duval.

“In late in late December 2019, RCMP officials made a further effort to explore possible repayment methods, which resulted in a solution and a reimbursement,” Duval wrote.

“On January 17, 2020, the RCMP issued a cheque ‘in trust’ of the legal counsel representing Bell Island. The reimbursement was treated as an operational expenditure.”

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