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BRIAN LILLEY: Trudeau has one set of rules for him, another for you

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement in Kitchener on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement in Kitchener on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. — Postmedia News

Justin Trudeau spent Earth Day as only Justin Trudeau could: He flew across the country from Ottawa to Tofino, B.C., to go surfing.

Maybe he will dim the lights on Monday and light some candles to make everything better.

Alright, he didn’t fly from Ottawa to Tofino just to go surfing on Earth Day — he also took in Easter on the waves.

Still, it takes a certain amount of hubris to spend all of your time telling Canadians that they must reduce their carbon footprint while you jet across the country and around the world in order to live your best life.

In the week leading up to his surfing trip, Trudeau visited Toronto with his son and then flew back to Ottawa on April 13. He came back to southern Ontario for an announcement in Kitchener and townhall in Cambridge on April 16.

He then flew back to Ottawa on April 18 and then back down to southern Ontario for Good Friday.

Trudeau spent the Holy Day for Christians and Jews in Hamilton and North York before heading back to Ottawa to collect the family and fly out to Tofino on Saturday.

That is quite the carbon footprint for a man who is imposing a carbon tax on the rest of us and constantly saying that we must reduce our own carbon footprint.

That is quite the carbon footprint for a man who is imposing a carbon tax on the rest of us.

Especially when you consider how the PM travels.

For each of these trips, Trudeau would fly out on the Challenger jet owned by the government.

But before he heads out, there is an advance team of four or more people who travel to the scene a day or two before each event to make sure that everything is in order.

While most of the security team will travel with Trudeau, others travel ahead of time to make sure events are not a risk to the PM.

If the PM is travelling for any length of time, we can add more staff to the list.

If Trudeau, or any PM, is going to be away from Ottawa for any length of time, then the Privy Council Office sends a mobile office and staff to operate it ahead of the PM.

They are definitely there in Tofino along with the advance team and the RCMP and all that goes with the PM when he travels.

I don’t begrudge any of these trappings of the office to the PM. For the most part, Trudeau has little if any say over them.

Yet, he does have a say over his lecturing of the rest of us.

Trudeau? He’s all about the vacations.

As Trudeau jets to Tofino, Whistler or places in the Caribbean, the rest of us are told to lower our carbon footprint.

I’ve been covering politics a long time.

I don’t remember Jean Chretien, Paul Martin or Stephen Harper taking so many trips.

In fairness, Martin wasn’t in the job long but Chretien and Harper were.

With about a decade in office for each of them it is doubtful that the two men took as many taxpayer-funded vacations combined as Trudeau has in less than four years.

Chretien liked visiting the lake and going water skiing. Harper was once harshly criticized for taking his kids to a baseball game on the margins of a government trip.

Trudeau? He’s all about the vacations.

Vacations on your dime, driving up the carbon footprint, all while lecturing you to lower your footprint.

Looks like Trudeau believes in “Do what I say, not what I do,” when it comes saving the planet.

Copyright Postmedia Network Inc., 2019


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