Trudeau Vacation To Aga Khan's Island Broke Ethics Rules

Trudeau Vacation To Aga Khan's Island Broke Ethics Rules

While Trudeau says the Aga Khan is a family friend, Dawson found the exception for gifts from friends did not apply.

Opposition parties are demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repay taxpayers for all or part of the transportation and security costs for a Christmas vacation to the Aga Khan's private Bahamian island past year - which left taxpayers on the hook for more than $200,000.

The commissioner also found that Mr Trudeau broke the rules when he did not recuse himself from discussions of matters that could "further private interests associated with institutions of the Aga Khan".

The prime minister said it "would not be July 1", but that it would be "for next summer".

"Everyone else has to play within the rules and they're still struggling to get by".

Following its release, Trudeau acknowledged he should have taken precautions and cleared his family vacation prior to the trip. Moreover, he said it undermines Trudeau's entire defence of the trip.

In a report published Wednesday, Dawson concluded the vacation could reasonably be seen as a gift created to influence the prime minister, whose government has had official dealings with the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, and his charitable foundation.

"Mr. Speaker, this was a family vacation to visit an old-time friend", Mr. Trudeau said in April.

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Trudeau and his family vacationed on the island during the holidays in late December 2016 into January this year, while members of his family and their guests travelled there in March 2016.

"Swimming with the rich and famous is the kind of thing Trudeau sort of dines out on, " Cullen said. She concludes that he failed to follow his own ethics rules for cabinet ministers and that he should have been more careful to arrange his affairs as prime minister to avoid potential conflicts.

In response to the opposition attacks, the Prime Minister's Office said Mr. Trudeau's comments were made after the vacation had occurred and accurately represented what happened during the trip.

Mr. Trudeau long maintained he broke no rules because public-office holders are allowed to accept gifts from friends.

Dawson's report notes, however, that there is no evidence Trudeau actually advanced the private interest of the Aga Khan or any institution he controls. The Aga Khan, the title held by the leader of the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam, was a pallbearer at the funeral of Justin's father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

The Aga Khan Foundation has received hundreds of millions of dollars from the Canadian government to promote development and other projects in several countries.

The breach is the first ever by a sitting Canadian prime minister, but carries with it no sanctions.

"I take full responsibility for it".

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