Trudeau heads to Costa Rica for a 2-week vacation

Amid concerns about a looming recession in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hits the beaches of Costa Rica for a two-week vacation — and taxpayers are paying a big chunk of it.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Trudeau and his family are returning to the same place where they vacationed for Christmas in 2019.

According to Global News, while the Trudeaus will be paying for their own accommodation, they will be flying on a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) plane for security reasons. The Trudeaus’ vacation in 2019 cost taxpayers nearly $200,000, according to records obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

In 2019, the Prime Minister billed taxpayers $196,137 for his vacation, with the majority of the costs attributed to multiple RCAF business jet flights. The cost of flight crews to serve the Trudeaus was also charged to taxpayers.

The Prime Minister travels by military plane for security reasons.

The Prime Minister’s vacation comes at a time when Canadians are grappling with an inflation crisis and a looming recession.

Consumer price inflation in Canada in June reached 8.1% – the largest annual change since January 1983. High inflation rates have led to a significant rise in the price of everyday goods and services – including the gasoline, food and accommodation.

In an effort to combat the inflation crisis, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates to 2.5%, an increase of 100 basis points.

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem has told Canadians to prepare for further economic stress this winter and another spike in prices.

“We have a material reduction in growth. We expect growth this year of 3.5% and a decline to 1.3% next year. This is a significant reduction in growth. It involves some pain,” Macklem said.

“Yes, the economy will slow down. The economy has to slow down. We have to defuse inflation.

On July 28, the United States saw its economy contract for the second consecutive quarter by an annualized rate of 0.9%. Economists define a recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

Against a backdrop of declining economic indicators, many economists are predicting that the Canadian economy is also heading into a recession.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau will receive regular briefings while he is away.

Harrison Faulkner is a Toronto-based producer and reporter for True North.

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