January 26, 2018 5:54 pm
Updated: February 6, 2018 12:06 pm

Trudeau to abstain from Aga Khan-related decisions to prevent conflict of interest

ABOVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for ethics violation in Aga Khan vacation.

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll abstain from any future discussions or decisions regarding the Aga Khan and his institutions.

Trudeau says he’s establishing what’s called a conflict of interest screen to ensure he’s not involved in related matters.

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The move comes after the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner found Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to vacations on a private island owned by the Aga Khan in 2016.

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Trudeau had defended the trip on the grounds that the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, is a close personal friend.

But the commissioner said the two couldn’t be considered friends, and the trip could be seen as a gift to influence Trudeau since the Aga Khan’s institutions and projects receive government funding.

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Trudeau says he’ll inform the commissioner of anything he becomes aware of that relates to the Aga Khan in order to prevent a conflict of interest.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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