February 13, 2017 6:26 pm
Updated: February 13, 2017 6:29 pm

Justin Trudeau’s trip to Aga Khan’s private island under investigation by ethics watchdog

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Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has opened an investigation related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s vacation on a spiritual leader’s private Caribbean island.

The inquiry under the Conflict of Interest Code for MPs, comes after Dawson conducted an initial review following a request by Conservative MP and leadership hopeful Andrew Scheer.

The commissioner also started an examination in January under the Conflict of Interest Act regarding the same trip following a request from Tory MP Blaine Calkins.

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Trudeau has come under fire from opposition parties for using the Aga Khan‘s personal helicopter and for accepting such a gift from a longtime family friend.

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Both the Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s own ethics guidelines bar the use of sponsored travel in private aircraft, allowing only for exceptional circumstances related to the job of prime minister and only with the prior approval of the ethics commissioner.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose took a Caribbean vacation on a billionaire’s yacht around the time members of her caucus were criticizing Trudeau for vacationing on with the Aga Khan, but she insists she followed all the rules.

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