Trudeau Vacation To Aga Khan's Island Broke Ethics Rules

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday

The ethics commissioner also found that Trudeau broke the rules when he did not recuse himself from discussions of matters that could "further private interests associated with institutions of the Aga Khan".

Trudeau publicly apologized Wednesday for not going to Dawson before the vacation to get her clearance-something Dawson hinted she may have given.

In response to the question Trudeau said, "The date will not be July 1, I can assure you of that", Trudeau said. "I'm sorry I didn't, and in the future, I will be clearing all my family vacations with the commissioner's office".

"Perhaps the prime minister, having been found in clear violation, should perhaps consider repaying some, or perhaps all, of the $215,000 in costs generated to support his improper trip to the Aga Khan's island", Kent, who sits on the House of Commons ethics committee, said on the SiriusXM Canada program National Post Radio Thursday morning.

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

While Trudeau says the Aga Khan is a family friend, Dawson found the exception for gifts from friends did not apply.

Before that, the two hadn't spoken for 30 years.

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"Mr. Speaker, this was a family vacation to visit an old-time friend", Mr. Trudeau said in April.

Trudeau also contravened the rules when he and his family travelled in the Aga Khan's private helicopter last December and when his family travelled on a non-commercial aircraft chartered by the Aga Khan in March 2016, Dawson said.

In both cases, the Trudeaus were told that the Aga Khan and his family may not be present, which led Dawson to remark: "These circumstances do not suggest that Mr. Trudeau and the Aga Khan were seeking to fulfil opportunities to spend private time together as friends".

Trudeau says marijuana would be legal next summer, but did not elaborate on a precise day.

The Trudeau family was accompanied on last December's vacation by Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband, and Liberal party president Anna Gainey and her husband, Tom Pitfield. "We need to make sure that the office of the prime minister is without reproach", Trudeau said.

Dawson concluded that the vacation could reasonably be seen as a gift created to influence the prime minister, whose government has had official dealings with the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, and his charitable foundation.

However, she found no evidence Trudeau discussed any parliamentary business with the Aga Khan or his representatives, or participated in any related debates or votes.

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