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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office is clarifying that he and his family are vacationing in Jamaica “at no cost at a location owned by family friends,” after initially saying the family was paying for their stay.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday 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.

The pair announced last summer that they were separating after 18 years of marriage, with both saying in separate statements that they would remain close.

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

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