WITH BC taxpayers expecting to foot a hefty bill for the Royal family’s 8-day trip to the province, their sudden upcoming tour of Hawaii will also be funded by British Columbia, a government official has confirmed.
Prince William and his family were originally expected to return to the United Kingdom, after their whistle-stop tour of BC. However the Windsors will instead enjoy a 4-night stay in the luxurious Ritz Carlton in Maui, courtesy of the governments of British Columbia and Canada.
“The weather in Vancouver has been rather dreadful since we got here,” Prince William told the Daily Hive. “So we’ll really need some sun before we return to the UK. We’re ever so grateful.”
BC premier Christy Clark, who will accompany the Royals as a guide, says it’s “an honour” for British Columbians to fund this impromptu trip to the tropics. “We had some leftover money in the budget from some recent fundraising and figured why not treat the Duke and Duchess off to Hawaii for a short weekend break. They deserve it.”
Although the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre was naturally “disappointed” to be overlooked for funding from the government, they were pleased that “at least the money is going to a necessary cause”.
Likewise, residents of Downtown Vancouver’s Eastside say they are “only too happy” to postpone their requests for adequate housing, in order for the future king and queen to tour around for a few weeks.
“Well after staying in Vancouver it’s completely understandable they’d need to get some warm weather,” one DTES resident told the BSJ. “As someone who sleeps on the street, I can definitely attest to how cold it can get here, so I totally get it.”
Another Main & Hastings resident said she hoped the prince and his family enjoy their time at the Ritz Carlton: “The cardboard box I sleep in has a picture of Hawaii in it. Looks lovely.”
After their long weekend away in Maui, Canadian taxpayers will next whisk William, Kate and the kids away to Paris for a short trip, before ending with a week in the south of France.