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Canadian PM Trudeau Under Ethics Commission Investigation Over Bahamas Holiday


Canadian media reported Monday that Mary Dawson, Canada's ethics commissioner, had said in a letter to a Conservative lawmaker, dated Friday, that she was looking into a recent vacation Trudeau spent at a famed spiritual leader's private island in the Bahamas.

Trudeau, who won the premiership in October 2015, has faced questions over his New Year's trip to the secluded island owned by the Aga Khan, leader to the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, a branch of Shiite Islam. Investigators want to know if the vacation, which also included Trudeau's family and two other Liberal lawmakers, violated rules prohibiting a minister from accepting bribes or "gifts" that could influence government decisions.

Specifically, Dawson said she was looking into whether the trip was a breach of the Conflict of Interest Act. Dawson also said she was investigating whether Trudeau's use of the Aga Khan's private helicopter violated the prime minister's own guidelines. In 2015, Trudeau introduced rules stating that government ministers couldn't take private flights without the ethics commissioner's approval.

http://www.dw.com/en/canadian-pm-justin-trudeau-under-investigation-for-possible-ethics-violation/a-37152965




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