Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Attends Cape Breton Funeral for Mother of Longtime Friend, Adviser

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Attends Cape Breton Funeral for Mother of Longtime Friend, Adviser

Article excerpt

Trudeau attends funeral for top aide's mother

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BRIDGEPORT, N.S. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unannounced trip to Cape Breton Monday to attend the funeral of the mother of a longtime friend and senior aide.

Trudeau attended the service for Rita Butts at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bridgeport, N.S., Monday morning.

Her son Gerald Butts has been friends with the Prime Minister for two decades, and currently serves as his principal secretary.

The Cape Breton Post posted photos of Trudeau entering the church, and of a jet with Government of Canada markings at the airport in nearby Sydney. The newspaper noted the prime minister was accompanied by a heavy security presence.

Rita Butts, a nurse and one of 11 children, died in Glace Bay last week.

The day after her death, Gerald Butts tweeted a picture of his mother kissing a child. …

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