As he prepared to begin his second annual town hall tour, Justin Trudeau was asked whether he might appear before the ethics committee to answer questions about his family's infamous time on the Aga Khan's private island. Trudeau told CBC Radio's Information Morning in Halifax that he didn't think matters involving the ethics commissioner should get mixed up in partisan attacks.
It was then suggested that appearing before the committee might help counter any perception that he is out of touch.
"I think actually getting out and meeting with Canadians across the country, doing open town halls where Canadians get to ask me any question they want and hold their elected representatives to account is at the heart of what a democracy should be," Trudeau said.
"That is exactly why I am so excited to be getting out of the Ottawa bubble."
So this week he went to the people, while Conservatives complained he was avoiding accountability to MPs.
There is much to be said for getting out of Ottawa, particularly in January, when things are even more dark and cold than usual. But the prime minister might still spare a thought for life inside that bubble too.