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Trudeau's commuter entitlement getting 'frivolous'

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Maybe it’s the tiresome taint of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, now into its second month, or maybe just fatigue at Justin Trudeau as prime minister. But I cannot be the only one watching his shuffling to Florida this week, who wanted to yell “Stop playing us for fools!”

No one should begrudge a prime minister some family time, especially with young kids. And this PM has never been timid about taking ski trips, sun holidays and regular weekends away at the official Prime Ministerial Harrington Lake summer residence, complete with newly purchased hot tub, canoes, ski boat and other taxpayer-expensed toys.

But this week moved the needle way past silly and frivolous. For obvious security and logistics reasons — not to mention being accessible if needed — Canadian prime ministers and their families generally fly on government private jets, even for a completely personal holiday.

Excluding staff and expenses, the jets are not cheap. The “small” Challenger jet, with a range of 3,400 miles and seating nine to 15 people, runs at a cost of........

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