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Justin Trudeau and his family visit Kokanee Glacier Park, site of brother’s passing

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Justin Trudeau and family at Kokanee Lake

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau took a break from politics, on Monday morning, for a personal mission.

Fifteen years ago, on November 13, 1998, Justin's brother Michel, 23, was killed in avalanche in British Columbia's Kokanee Glacier Park. His body was never found.

On Monday, during a west coast vacation/political tour with his family, the Trudeau's were scheduled to visit the park.

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According to the Nelson Star, Trudeau has visited the site many times but this was the first time with his wife and children.

"As most of you probably know this is a place that is extraordinarily near and dear to me and my family," he told a crowd of supporters in Nelson on Sunday, according to the newspaper.

"It’s where my little brother is, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I want to share that with my family.

"If our brave men and women from search and rescue had ever recovered him, we would have probably incinerated him and sprinkled him back into the lake," Trudeau said. "This is not just where he was, this is what he was. The love of mountains, the willingness to challenge and measure himself against the wilderness… and mostly make every day the best day ever. That lesson of his is certainly one that I keep."

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On Monday morning, he was a bit more guarded about the subject.

"I hesitate to even talk to it because it is a private hike with my family," Trudeau said, according to CBC News.

"It is a walk with my family up an extraordinarily beautiful trail and it is a very personal thing."

The Trudeau family will continue their swing through B.C. with political stops in Trail, Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops.

(Photo from Justin Trudeau's Twitter feed )

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