Justin Trudeau's Health Minister Patty Hajdu took twice as many flights on the ministry of transport's plane than the minister of transport.
This came in spite of Hajdu warning Canadians that they should stay home during the pandemic.
As reported by Blacklock's Reporter, Hajdu flew between her riding and Ottawa multiple times throughout the pandemic. Undeterred by the reality of her own behaviour, Hajdu proposed that Canadians should be fined for neglecting Public Health Agency advice.
Under her proposal, Hajdu would be dealing with a significant number of fines herself.
Trying to save some face, Hajdu declared that she was travelling for essential purposes—going back to her riding so that she could work on "constituency issues."
There is no evidence, however, to confirm this. Hajdu travelled without staff and did not attend a meeting during her time in the riding. She merely attended a zoom call and a discussion on a local radio show.
After reports of Hajdu's travels emerged, the minister's press secretary told Blacklock's that "due to a decrease in available commercial flights as a result of the pandemic, and most importantly to exercise a high degree of caution, Minister Hajdu traveled on a Transport Canada aircraft."
Patty Hajdu has been serving as the government's health minister since the SNC-Lavalin scandal after which Jane Philpott resigned in solidarity with Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Since then, Hajdu has often been dogged by controversy. The health minister was overly-cautious in closing the Canadian border; accused a journalist of spreading conspiracy theories after they expressed skepticism over China's dodgy data, and refused to criticize the WHO.
The total cost of the flights has not yet been revealed by government authorities, though it is known that Hajdu flew back and forth from her home four times over a six week period. According to flight records, Hajdu would fly to Thunder Bay on Fridays and return to Ottawa by Monday.