Instead of recognizing Canada’s first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been caught surfing in Tofino, British Columbia.
Trudeau had received at least two invitations to spend the day with survivors and their families. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, a B.C. First Nation that uncovered the remains of 215 children a residential school site earlier this year, said they had sent “two heartfelt invitations” to Trudeau.
While Trudeau did end up travelling to B.C. on Thursday, it was to spend the day with family in Tofino at the beach, rather than to take the community up on their invitation.
Even more embarrassing was that the Prime Minister’s Office tried to hide Trudeau’s day of surfing by claiming in his official itinerary that he was in private meetings in Ottawa.
“Truth and Reconciliation Day shouldn’t be treated like a holiday but that’s what Justin Trudeau did,” said a spokesperson for Erin O’Toole.
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