Justin Trudeau is hiding his public itinerary on Remembrance Day as he travels to Southeast Asia.
The Prime Minister’s schedule is usually published a day in advance on a federal government website, but Trudeau’s November 11 itinerary was still not online by late afternoon on Friday.
The schedule should have been published on Thursday.
Most Canadian political leaders are spending Friday at Remembrance Day ceremonies and paying their respect to Canada’s veterans, and the sacrifices they made.
Trudeau is in Southeast Asia for a series of summits on increasing Canada’s presence in the Indo-Pacific. His ministers Mary Ng and Mélanie Joly are also skipping Remembrance Day to join.
Trudeau will then head to the G20 summit in Bali, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and Tunisia.
This isn’t to say the prime minister’s official itinerary is always accurate.
The prime minister infamously misled Canadians to his whereabouts on the first ever National Truth and Reconciliation Day in September 2021, after lecturing Canadians on the importance of observing the day.
According to the Prime Minister’s itinerary at the time, Trudeau was supposed to be in Ottawa, Ontario, in private meetings.
However, flight logs revealed that his private plane headed to Tofino, one of Canada’s most exotic vacation locations, known for its Caribbean-like beaches.
“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.
Following public scrutiny, the Prime Minister’s itinerary was later amended to acknowledge that he was in Tofino, British Columbia.