Ethics Committee Looks at Trudeau and Aga Khan

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Ethics Committee Looks at Trudeau and Aga Khan

UPDATED January 9, 2018 3:36pmET

The Commons ethics committee returns to Parliament Hill this week to consider the ruling that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vacationing violated four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act.

Mary Dawson, the former conflict of interest and ethics commissioner who wrote the December report on Trudeau and the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean island, goes before MPs on Wednesday.

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But first, the committee considers an invitation to the prime minister himself. Conservative MP Peter Kent has this motion scheduled for debate on Tuesday afternoon:

That, the Committee invite the Prime Minister to discuss Commissioner Dawson’s findings in The Trudeau Report released by the Commissioner’s office on December 20, 2017, and that this meeting take place either on January 17 or January 18, 2018.

Dawson determined that two family vacations to Bells Cay, Bahamas in 2016 contravened federal conflict of interest law because of:

  • the Aga Khan’s continuing “official business” with the Canadian government, via the Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and the Global Centre for Pluralism;
  • the relationship between Trudeau and the Aga Khan didn’t meet the legal definition of “relatives and friends” that provides an exception for accepting gifts;
  • use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter in December 2016 and a non-commercial aircraft in March 2016

Trudeau told reporters on Dec. 20 he was sorry his travel wasn’t properly screened for potential conflicts of interest, and that he “should have taken precautions.” His Conservative and NDP counterparts responded that same day:

Read the full report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

-Andrew Thomson