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Why did Trudeau ditch his bodyguards at a North Delta restaurant last May?


Bob Mackin

National Lampoon never sent the Griswolds to India, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s madcap family vacation to “Diwali World” will have to suffice.

Funny costumes and dancing, flubbed speeches, a celebrity chef who endorsed him on the campaign trail and a cameo appearance by a convict who traveled halfway around the world.

The latter was the one and only Jaspal Atwal, who was jailed for attempting to assassinate a visiting Indian cabinet minister in 1986. He generated headlines in 2012 for visiting the B.C. Legislature for the budget speech on Premier Christy Clark’s guest list.

Trudeau during his unannounced visit to Tasty Indian Bistro (Facebook)

It’s the latest in a string of bad judgment from Trudeau, who famously went to a private fundraiser with Chinese billionaires in 2016 and ended the year in luxury at the Aga Khan’s island.

How did Atwal, the Forrest Gump of the federal and BC Liberals, make it through security screening to get into India and then even more screening to get inside the Trudeau entourage in the subcontinent?

Instead of a SNAFU, could Trudeau’s RCMP security detail have been overruled by someone in the Trudeau entourage?

Will we ever find out?

Trudeau has called audibles before, surprising those who are paid to keep him safe.

A source told theBreaker that’s what happened last May 19.

The Prime Minister’s Office itinerary said he had an 11:15 a.m. meeting with members of the Filipino community at the Kubyertos Lechon House Restaurant in North Delta, before heading to Abbotsford’s Gur Sikh Temple.

Trudeau went off-script with lunch at Tasty Indian Bistro in North Delta. A source told theBreaker that he did so without his RCMP security detail.

theBreaker wanted answers from Trudeau’s press secretary, Cameron Ahmad, but he did not respond. Who was Trudeau meeting and what were they discussing?

The surprise trip to Tasty was the day after Trudeau’s fundraiser at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Those who paid the $90 to $750 admission price included: Party bagman Raymond Chan and his wife Ting Ting Wang, National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino, Karim Lalji, chairman of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board in B.C., and Nevin Sangha, Greg Kerfoot’s right-hand man whose name appears on the deed for the Dunbar house occupied by Christy Clark.

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