After Ethics Commissioner rules that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act during his trip to the billionaire Aga Khan’s private island, people want more answers.
The independent watchdog group Democracy Watch is calling for an investigation into lobbying by the Aga Khan.
According to a report, “Democracy Watch sent a letter to the Commissioner of Lobbying late Wednesday, urging her to investigate whether Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV “violated the Lobbyists Code by giving Prime Minister Trudeau and Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan the gifts of trips to his island home.”
The report also notes that the head of Democracy Watch Duff Conacher wrote “Your position must be that anyone working for or associated with a company that is registered to lobby a public office holder who gives to or does anything for that office holder… that is more than an average voter does… puts that office holder in an apparent conflict of interest.”
The Aga Khan’s Global Centre for Pluralism receives money from Canadian taxpayers, and Trudeau was in meetings with the Aga Khan where that money was talked about.
According to the Ethics Commissioner, Trudeau should have recused himself from that discussion.
Additionally, Trudeau and the Aga Khan talked about a waterfront project the Aga Khan wanted taxpayer money for.
This all raises legitimate questions about the lobbying efforts of the Aga Khan.
Adding to those questions is the fact that the Ethics Commissioner noted the Aga Khan hadn’t been in touch with Justin Trudeau for about 20 years – until Trudeau became Liberal Party Leader, which Trudeau pathetically tried to pass of as a regular “friendship.”
What a coincidence…
Certainly this needs to be looked into, and Democracy Watch is right to be calling for a lobbying investigation.
The Canadian people deserve answers.
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