Because on New Year’s Eve, as reported by Postmedia’s intrepid David Akin, Trudeau was out of the country on vacation at an undisclosed location … somewhere.
The PM’s staff, apparently having all received “Where’s Waldo?” books for Christmas, initially refused to disclose not only the country, but even the continent or hemisphere where Trudeau was vacationing.
On Monday, they belatedly announced the PM and his family were holidaying in Nassau in the Bahamas — Trudeau’s second Caribbean holiday at this time of year in a row.
We don’t begrudge Trudeau taking a New Year’s break. Many Canadians do that.
But surely it’s gilding the lily when you’re out of the country while telling your fellow Canadians in your year-end message:
“Happy New Year. Tonight is 150 years in the making, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ring in the New Year together.”
“Together” means in close proximity to others.
So the logical assumption from the PM’s statement was that Trudeau would be in Canada on New Year’s Eve, celebrating this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to mark the start of Canada’s 150th anniversary, perhaps at the federally-funded celebration on Parliament Hill.
After all, as Gov. Gen. David Johnston tweeted Dec. 31, what better place to welcome in Canada’s sesquicentennial year (#Canada150) than there?
Now we know Trudeau was speaking about Canadians being “together” with each other, just not him.
Last year, Trudeau took his family to the Caribbean island of Nevis and St. Kitts for New Year’s amid similar secrecy, although local journalists there quickly recognized the Canadian PM, blowing his cover.
We don’t understand these silly attempts by the Prime Minister’s Office to keep this information secret.
It’s not a security issue. The PM and his family — understandably — don’t use commercial flights.
Knowing where Trudeau’s is when he’s traveling abroad is no different from knowing where he is when he’s traveling in Canada.
And the public has a right to know where their prime minister is. If he’s vacationing in the Bahamas, fine.
That’s the all the PMO has to say.
The Toronto Sun – Sun Staff
Jan 2nd 2017