Trudeau violated sections 5, 11, 12, and 21 of the Act.
Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has ruled that Justin Trudeau violated four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act.
In a report on the Ethics Commissioner website, the Ethics Commissioner ruled that Trudeau violated the rules because he accepted “the gifts of hospitality from the Aga Khan and the use of his private island in march and December 2016,” even as there were official government dealings with the Aga Khan, and his foundation is registered to lobby the Prime Minister.
“Therefore, the vacations accepted by Mr. Trudeau or his family could reasonably be seen to have been given to influence Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as Prime Minister,” said Dawson.
Additionally, Trudeau violated two other rules because “he did not recuse himself from discussions that provided an opportunity to further private interests associated with institutions of the Aga Khan, and section 5 for failing to arrange his private affairs to avoid such an opportunity.”
Trudeau also violated section 12 of the Act, “when his family travelled on non-commercial aircraft chartered by the Aga Khan in March 2016 and when he and his family travelled in the Aga Khan’s private helicopter in December 2016. Section 12 prohibits ministers and their family members from accepting travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft for any purpose unless required in their capacity as public office holders, in exceptional circumstances or with the prior approval of the Commissioner.”
$500 fine, but serious political consequences
Trudeau doesn’t face any real punishment, as he’ll just have to pay a $500 fine – quite easy for a millionaire like him.
However, this could have serious political consequences.
It is now clear that Trudeau violated federal conflict of interest rules, which is the total opposite of the ethical government he promised when he was seeking power.
Rather than defending working class and middle class Canadians, Trudeau broke the rules to hang out with his influential billionaire buddy.
His heavily manipulated image continues to be revealed as a total fraud.
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