In the middle of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Justin Trudeau was spotted vacationing in Florida on Monday, March 11th.
Trudeau briefly returned to Ottawa on Tuesday, and then returned to his vacation in Florida on Wednesday.
According to NBC-2, the prime minister’s private jet was seen on the remote North Captiva Island.
The latest vacation comes at a time when Trudeau’s own office is being accused of attempting to politically interfere in a decision of the former Justice Minister and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould.
According to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the Justice Committee, she was the victim of persistent pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene on behalf of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in a criminal trial.
The U.S. news source alleges that the PM was there vacationing with his family on the south end of the island, which is only accessible by boat. While there, Trudeau had rented out several properties for personal use and for his security team.
Currently, the House of Commons is adjourned for a two week break and is expected to return on March 18th.
Both opposition leaders, Andrew Scheer (CPC) and Jagmeet Singh (NDP) called on the PM to recall the House of Commons on March 1st in an open letter, but the Prime Minister has refused to do so.
Currently there are two ongoing investigations into the SNC-Lavalin allegations. One is being conducted by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, while the other is being done by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.