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Justin Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules with stay at Aga Khan's island
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Dec 22, 2017 07:31pm|
|Author||Reuters in Ottawa|
|News Date||Wednesday, December 20, 2017 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, contravened some conflict of interest rules when he accepted a vacation last year on a private island belonging to the Aga Khan, the country’s ethics watchdog said on Wednesday. |
The conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, Mary Dawson, said Trudeau contravened a rule on gifts when he accepted the use of the island in March and December 2016, while there were ongoing official dealings with the Aga Khan and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada was registered to lobby Trudeau’s office.
“The vacations accepted by Mr Trudeau or his family could reasonably be seen to have been given to influence Mr Trudeau in his capacity as prime minister,” Dawson said.
While Trudeau says the Aga Khan is a family friend, Dawson found the exception for gifts from friends did not apply.
Trudeau said he accepted her report and would clear future vacations with the watchdog.
“I take full responsibility for it. We need to make sure that the office of the prime minister is without reproach,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau and his family vacationed on the island in late December 2016 into January this year, while members of his family and their guests traveled there in March 2016.
Trudeau has come under fire from the opposition, who have said the luxury Bahamas vacation was inappropriate and showed the Liberal government is out of touch with average Canadians.
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