Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in B.C. this week on vacation with his family.
The Prime Minister’s Office said he was coming to the province before heading back to Ottawa on Aug. 18.
While the PMO did not specify where Trudeau was visiting, his Canadair CC-144D Challenger jet landed in Tofino on Thursday morning around 11:30 a.m., according to flight tracking website RadarBox.
The prime minister travels on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane for security reasons, even for personal travel.
It’s not the first time the prime minister has visited Vancouver Island.
He’s been spotted several times surfing in Tofino, including in 2021, when he made an apology for vacationing with his family in the west coast community during the country’s inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
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Trudeau and his wife of 18 years, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, announced last week that they are separating but that they still plan to spend time together as a family.
They also asked for privacy for the well-being of their three children.
The Prime Minister’s Office says it consulted with the ethics commissioner about the trip and that the Trudeaus are paying for their own stay.
Trudeau violated conflict-of-interest rules in 2016 when he took a vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas, and his office says he consults the ethics commissioner ahead of personal travel to ensure it follows guidelines.