Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be using a new plane to campaign across Canada after his original plane was damaged on the first day of the election campaign.
The new plane will not be wrapped in the Liberal branding, but will still be an Air Transat plane, as the first one was. A spokesperson for the Liberal campaign did not comment on the extent of the damage to the original plane and did not say how long it will be out of commission.
The first plane was damaged in Victoria Wednesday night after a coach bus drove under one of its wings.
The plane, which was transporting Mr. Trudeau, several staff and members of the media, landed in the British Columbia capital city around 9 p.m. PT after completing day one of the election campaign.
After reporters left the plane and boarded a media bus waiting on the tarmac, the bus started driving away from the plane. Reporters and campaign staff were stunned when they heard a loud scraping sound as the bus dragged under the plane’s left wing. Mr. Trudeau was not on the bus and no one was injured.
Mr. Trudeau is relying on a plane to get to campaign stops in Kamloops and Edmonton Thursday. A campaign staffer said Mr. Trudeau’s plans will not change as a result of the plane incident.