Trudeau's lavish vacation broke ethics rules

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

She found that besides the post-Christmas trip, Trudeau had also accepted a vacation on the island for himself and his family in December 2014, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau set up a trip to the island in March 2016 with a friend of hers and their children.

"Throughout this process, Trudeau has not acted like someone who accepts he has made a mistake", Scheer wrote.

The commissioner stated that Trudeau and his family vacationed at the private island twice.

The only exception is if the person providing the gift is a friend, but Dawson said that exception didn't apply in this case of the Aga Khan, a philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world's approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims.

Justin Trudeau told Dawson that during that childhood trip he and the Aga Khan's children developed a friendship.

"Justin Trudeau had no personal or private interactions with the Aga Khan and his family between 1983 and April 2013, when he became Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, except for his father's funeral in 2000", her report said.

"Section 12 [of the Act] prohibits ministers and their family members from accepting travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft for any objective unless required in their capacity as public office holders, in exceptional circumstances or with the prior approval of the Commissioner", Ms. Dawson said. This year, Mr. Trudeau and his family will go to the Prime Minister's official cottage at Harrington Lake and the Canadian Rockies.

Dawson noted the Aga Khan has had relationships with most prime ministers since Pierre Trudeau's time, including Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper.

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Conflict of Interest Commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau broke multiple conflict laws in accepting a family vacation at Bells Cay in December 2016.

The Canadian foundation of the Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, receives tens of millions of dollars a year from the Canadian government for global development work. Her responsibility is to protect the integrity of the office.

Dawson concluded that this did not suggest that "Mr. Trudeau and the Aga Khan were seeking to fulfil [sic.] opportunities to spend private time together as friends".

"Subsection 14 (1) of the Members' Code prohibits Members from accepting gifts or other benefits that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence them in the exercise of an official power, duty or function", Dawson said.

The opposition has also accused Finance Minister Bill Morneau of being in a conflict of interest for not putting his assets in a blind trust.

He said he still consider the Aga Khan a "close family friend" but will abide by the Commissioner's findings and adjust his dealings with him in the future.

While the finding could tarnish Trudeau's popularity half-way into his mandate, he does not face any penalties.

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