Canada PM Trudeau and family vacationing in Jamaica ‘at no cost,’ PMO office clarifies

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CMEDIA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his family vacation in Jamaica  would reportedly be“at no cost at a location owned by family friends,”as clarified byTrudeau’s office after initially saying the family was paying for their stay.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said  earlier this week that the federal ethics commissioner was consulted “on these details prior to the travel to ensure that the rules were followed.”

The office offered the clarification the day before Trudeau’s holiday on the Caribbean island is set to conclude. He is there with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and their three children.

Their separation after 18 years of marriage was announced by the pair last summe with both saying in separate statements that they would remain close.

Trudeau’s office said it consulted with the ethics commissioner before the family left for Jamaica on Boxing Day, that the family would cover the cost of their stay and reimburse the public for the cost of travelling on a government plane.

“The prime minister continues to reimburse the equivalent of a commercial airline ticket for his personal travel and that of his family,” his office said on Wednesday.

Officials declined to confirm where Trudeau is staying.

The public broadcaster reported at the time that the PMO declined to say whether Trudeau paid for his own accommodation.

Trudeau has reiterated that the vacation stay at villa in Jamaica was not $80k gift, but belongs to family friends.