Justin Trudeau Explained Why He Went To Spend Easter With His Family In Quebec
Did you spend this past holiday weekend away from your family because you stayed at home? If so, you're unlike Canada's Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau's Easter get-together with his family didn't happen at his home in Ottawa but he said they all followed health recommendations.
During his daily press conference outside of Rideau Cottage, the Prime Minister faced questions about his trip to Harrington Lake over the Easter weekend.
"As I mentioned last week in my presentation, after three weeks of my family living up at Harrington and me working here, I went to join them for Easter," he said.
Harrington Lake is just across the border in Gatineau, Quebec.
"We continue to follow all the instructions from public health authorities," he said.
A reporter referenced that people were wondering on social media why it was okay for the Prime Minister to go see his family.
He said that's where his wife and his children are at this time so he went to be with them.
On Instagram, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau posted photos of the family all together playing games and doing an Easter egg hunt.
In the caption, she wrote, "even though families across the country are having to get a little creative and celebrate a bit differently this year, we're all in this together."
She then wished people a Happy Easter whether they could be with their families or not.
Harrington Lake is the country residence of the Prime Minister of Canada and about 26 kilometres away from Rideau Cottage, where Trudeau lives.
Grégoire Trudeau and the kids have been living there since she recovered from COVID-19 back at the end of March.
The Liberal leader had stayed behind in Ottawa.
He has also been asking people to stay home, keep two metres apart and not gather in groups.
On March 29, Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, asked urban dwellers to resist the urge to go to the cottage or rural properties because those communities have less capacity to manage the virus.
She went on to say that COVID-19 time does not mean cottage time.
Trudeau came under fire for not staying at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
Andrew Scheer also faced criticism for previously flying to Ottawa with his family, Elizabeth May and a Liberal cabinet minister on a plane that couldn't accommodate proper physical distance.