Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under investigation for a vacation he took at the Aga Khan's island previous year, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said in a news release on Wednesday.
Dawson, however, concluded the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, couldn't be considered a friend-a conclusion Trudeau disputed.
"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.
The public shaming will be the biggest penalty Trudeau faces for violating the rules.
In response to the question Trudeau said, "The date will not be July 1, I can assure you of that", Trudeau said. Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced he sold shares in the pension company he used to run amid criticism for how he handled his personal finances after getting elected. She found, however, that Mr. Trudeau did contravene the rule on gifts or other advantages set out in section 11 of the Act. But Dawson said that exception doesn't apply in this case because Trudeau and the Aga Khan's friendship only blossomed after the prime minister became Liberal leader in 2013.
A year after becoming Liberal leader, the Aga Khan sent a standing invitation for Trudeau and his family to visit Bells Cay, suggesting it would provide Trudeau with some private family vacation time. "Why is Mr. Trudeau not paying back this trip?"
Mr. Cullen said it sounds like Mr. Trudeau was simply looking forward to an "awesome" vacation at someone else's expense.
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Dawson's report notes that the RCMP didn't have any security concerns with Trudeau taking the helicopter ride.
Trudeau also went against the rules by not recusing himself from discussions that "provided an opportunity to further private interests associated with institutions of the Aga Khan", the investigation found.
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.