By now, we’re sure most Canadians have heard that Justin Trudeau was seen walking the beaches of Tofino on the first annual Truth and Reconciliation Day.

In fact, one journalist caught up with the Prime Minister in a video below:

Canadians have reacted to the incident shocked, especially since Trudeau’s government created the federal statutory holiday and his itinerary pitted him in Ottawa for the day.

Others are upset because Trudeau had received at least two invitations to spend the day with survivors and their families of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, who uncovered the remains of 215 children at a residential school site earlier this year.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir said she was deeply saddened by Trudeau’s choice:

Sid Seixeiro, former sports talk show host and now Breakfast Television anchor, had choice words for Trudeau, effectively calling the government liars:

Today, the hashtag #TofinoTrudeau began to trend on Twitter in light of the incident.

Trudeau took to Twitter in the late afternoon on Thursday telling his followers that he “spent some time on the phone today with residential school survivors from across the country.”

Despite the Prime Minister’s actions, nearly 1,000 Victoria residents took to Centennial Square on National Truth & Reconciliation Day to honour and observe the day and pay respects to former residential school victims and survivors.

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