Many people criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unexpected change in the itinerary during Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
While Trudeau was already slated to spend the whole day in Ottawa participating in discussions, his itinerary was suddenly changed on Thursday afternoon. It seems that the Prime Minister boarded a jet to Tofino for a quick time off with his family.
The Office of the Prime Minister press secretary, Alex Wellstead, confirmed that Trudeau was indeed in Tofino with his family to spend a few days there. However, Wellstead emphasized that the Prime Minister took part in the country’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation before flying to the small district on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s west coast.
So many people tweeted about the sudden change in Trudeau’s itinerary last Thursday that it did not take long for “Tofino” to become one of the trending topics on the social media platform.
On a related note, the British Columbia First Nations government, Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, stated on Twitter that Trudeau turned down their invitation for a private meeting and a dialogue with their community’s residential school survivors.
Moreover, the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc is the indigenous group that validated the existence of the remains of over 200 students buried in the premises of the Kamloops Indian Residential School last May.
It has been later confirmed that PM Justin Trudeau went surfing while his official schedule was indicating that he will be in a series of private meetings in Ottawa.