Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his team and members of the media were awaiting transportation home from India on Monday after technical issues grounded the plane that brought them there for the G20 leaders’ summit.
As of Monday, the Canadian Armed Forces had sent a CC-150 Polaris jet from CFB Trenton, Ont., to pick up Trudeau and others, Jessica Lamirande, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence, said in a statement.
Lamirande said a different Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris that had been supporting the Prime Minister’s participation in the G20 Summit in India suffered a maintenance problem and was not able to transport the group back home.
The problem involves a component that will have to be replaced, Lamirande said.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Hussain, a press secretary for Trudeau, said the latest update from the CAF indicated an earliest possible departure time for the group of Tuesday late afternoon.
Canadian Press reporter Mickey Djuric, who was covering Trudeau’s trip, reported here that a technician is headed to India with the part needed to fix the mechanical issue on the original plane, and that the replacement plane will take the Canadian delegation home if the technician is not able to fix the issue.
Djuric also reported that the PMO has not yet said whether Trudeau will be able to make it to the three-day Liberal caucus retreat scheduled to start Tuesday in London, Ont.
CBC has rounded up past cases of Canadian prime ministers being stranded because of issues with their aircraft.
Meanwhile, federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre took charge of his own flight to make some announcements.
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PRIME MINISTER'S DAY
No schedule released. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in India seeking a flight home after technical issues grounded the plane he used to attend the G20 leaders’ summit.
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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, in Ottawa, met with Dalhousie University students to talk about student housing issues and NDP policies to deal with them.
No schedules released for other party leaders.
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