Trudeau's Health Minister Patty Hajdu flew home solo on weekends using gov't jet

Trudeau's Health Minister used gov't aircraft to fly back home on weekends

Trudeau's Minister of Health Patty Hajdu has repeatedly taken advantage of her government position to fly home regularly on weekends, while imploring Canadians to stay home.

Hajdu made numerous solo trips from her office in Ottawa to her residence in her riding of Thunder Bay despite telling the public not to visit family and friends.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, flight records indicate that the Minister flew home unaccompanied four weekends in a six-week period, while the cost of assigning a flight crew and aircraft remaining unknown.

There was also no explanation given as to what federal business Hajdu might have been conducting while she attended her riding amidst the pandemic shutdown.

A review of public events for Hajdu by Blacklock's found only two instances in which the Minister partook in constituency business on these travel weekends, though neither required in-person participation.

One instance, a conference with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was held via Zoom.

The other was a phone call to a local radio station where Hajdu expressed gratitude for essential workers. 

On Easter weekend, Hajdu shared a retweet of some COVID-19  from a fellow Liberal MP:

Yet hours later, Hajdu was aboard a government aircraft headed from Ottawa back to Thunder Bay. The Victoria Day long weekend saw a similar instance, with Hajdu flying out on Friday to return to the nation's capital on Tuesday.  

The flights seem to be in contrast to not only the statements put out by the Health Minister, but also the Liberal governments 2015 Open And Accountable Government directive that suggests:

“When making use of government aircraft, Ministers should make every effort to ensure joint travel in the interests of efficient use of government resources.”