Trudeau frustrated at politicians travelled abroad
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed frustration and indignation at politicians and others who took vacations outside of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking Tuesday for the first time since reports that up to a dozen politicians of all stripes had vacationed abroad in sunny climes despite public health advice, Trudeau noted that “so many Canadians” have sacrificed and followed the rules — but “folks who should have known better” did not, including two members of his Liberal caucus. Trudeau also said changes are coming to a new federal benefit that was intended to provide paid sick leave to those forced into quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.
Concerns have emerged, however, that the payment of up to $1,000 is being claimed by people who are quarantining because they travelled outside the country. The Liberal leader noted that he shares Canadians’ impatience with the pace of vaccine rollouts. He says he intends to raise the issue with premiers of the provinces and territories at a meeting on Thursday to see where the federal government can help.