Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Watchdog: Justin Trudeau Is Under Scrutiny Over Alleged Ethics Violations

Watchdog: Justin Trudeau Is Under Scrutiny Over Alleged Ethics Violations

Trudeau also contravened the rules when he and his family traveled in the Aga Khan's private helicopter last December and when his family traveled on a non-commercial aircraft chartered by the Aga Khan in March 2016, Dawson said.

The trip, which Trudeau took with his family, broke the law that says no minister or member of their family can accept gifts or advantages that might reasonably be seen to influence government decisions.

"When Mr. Trudeau, as prime minister, accepted the gifts of hospitality from the Aga Khan and the use of his private island in March and December 2016, there were ongoing official dealings with the Aga Khan, and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada was registered to lobby his office", Dawson's office said.

The Canadian foundation of the Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, receives tens of millions of dollars a year from the Canadian government for global development work.

He maintained that he and his family had "a standing invitation" from the Aga Khan and his daughter to vacation on the island.

The commissioner stated that Trudeau and his family vacationed at the private island twice.

"Sorry I didn't", said Trudeau in Ottawa Dec. 20.

"I've always considered the Aga Khan a close family friend, which is why I didn't clear this family trip in the first place", he said.

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Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer blasted the prime minister over the ethics breach, saying: "The Liberals continue to believe that there is one set of rules for Liberals and their friends, and another set of rules for everyone else".

But Dawson notes that between 1983 and 2013, the younger Trudeau and the Aga Khan only interacted once at the elder Trudeau's funeral.

The report also notes that a "senior American official of a previous administration" and friends were present during the December 2016 stay.

Despite Dawson's findings, Trudeau insisted that he considers the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, a personal, long-time friend.

On both occasions, the report states that Trudeaus were told that the Aga Khan and his family "may or may not be present".

Mary Dawson released a scathing report on Wednesday into Mr Trudeau's trips.

"Subsection 14 (1) of the Members' Code prohibits Members from accepting gifts or other benefits that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence them in the exercise of an official power, duty or function", Dawson said. We need to make sure that the office of the prime minister is without reproach'.

As CBC News previously reported, the controversial vacation to Bell Island cost Canadian taxpayers over $215,000 - far more than initially disclosed to Parliament.

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