While Canada’s east coast slowly rebuilds and tries to restore power, Trudeau took a day off to go bungee jumping.
“You never know who you will encounter on the bungee tower at Great Canadian Bungee! Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to jump this morning with his son Xavier and daughter Ella-Grace. Props to them on some fantastic jumps and even some water dips!” the Great Canadian Bungee company posted to Facebook.
The company is located out of Quebec City. The adventure costs $173.95 with HD video, according to the Great Canadian Bungee’s website.
Meanwhile, east coast provinces are still in the early stages of rebuilding and relocating after the devastating Hurricane Fiona. Over 20,000 Nova Scotians are still without power.
On Saturday, Lia MacDonald of Nova Scotia Power’s emergency operation centre said, “Given the extent of the damage crews still face, we expect customers, particularly those in the northeast region, and some in Cape Breton, will see their estimated restoration times change.”
As of Sunday, over 20,000 Prince Edward Islanders are also without power.
The Trudeau bungee excursion is part of a greater pattern of the Prime Minister taking personal days while the country is in turmoil.
Last year, despite creating a new holiday to promote “healing” with indigenous communities, Trudeau hitched a direct flight to Tofino, BC, to catch some late summer waves.
“All of us — all of us — need to hold these stories in our hearts,” Trudeau ahead of the holiday. “In our understanding, not just as we reflect on reconciliation, but as we reflect on this country.”
“Do not tell me, or try to explain, that the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is a day for Indigenous Canadians; it is a day for all Canadians.”
“So tomorrow… take a moment to listen to the stories of a survivor, to an Indigenous elder who shares their perspective and their experiences in this country. And know that that story, their story, is your story as well.”
According to the Prime Minister’s official itinerary, Trudeau was supposed to be in Ottawa, Ontario, for private meetings for the holiday.
Instead, his plane, CFC01, headed to Tofino, one of Canada’s most exotic vacation locations known for its Caribbean-like beaches.
How’s Canada’s Prime Minister spending our first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
Surf’s up. pic.twitter.com/SuNNZC3lph
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) September 30, 2021
“Yes, the PM is spending time in Tofino with family for a few days,” the Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Alex Wellstead, later admitted in a statement.