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Bill Kelly: Trudeau’s ethical faux pas matters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Make no mistake about it: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s breach of the federal conflict of interest law has come back to haunt him like the ghost of Christmas Past.

Last Christmas, Trudeau and his family and friends, vacationed on the private island of the Aga Khan and outgoing Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has ruled that the prime minister violated the conflict of interest rules.

The prime minister has apologized, but this is red meat for his critics who want to label the him as an out of touch elitist.

Fact is, this never should have happened in the first place.

READ MORE: The Trudeau report by Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson

Trudeau was born and raised in a political environment and, given the media attention that both his father and mother dealt with,  he should know full well of the trappings of political life.

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He should have realized that accepting a gift from someone whose foundation receives substantial money from the federal government was perilously close to crossing the line.

Moreover, the prime minister should have recused himself from any discussions about funding for the Aga Khan’s foundation.

The debate now is whether the ethical faux pas was deliberate or simply an oversight.

Frankly, it doesn’t matter; the stark reality is, he should have known better.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML.

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