It’s probably safe to say that everybody reading Michael W Travels and BoardingArea enjoys a good deal (and a free or deep discount trip)!
The question is, when is a travel benefit not acceptable?
According to T+L, a recent trip by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Bahamas, is being reviewed by the federal ethics commission to see if it “requires a full ethics investigation“.
During the trip, Justin Trudeau stayed on the private island of billionaire, Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. The commission wants to see if the trip violated the country’s conflict of interest laws.
Aga Khan is actually a family friend of the Trudeau family. He even served as a pallbearer at Justin Trudeau’s fathers funeral. (Former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.)
The only way onto the island is by Khan’s helicopter. Trudeau and family flew in it to join Khan for a post-Christmas visit. T+L mentions how “public servants are not supposed to accept chartered private aircraft and must reimburse the equivalent cost“.
Trudeau already reimbursed the Canadian government for using the Challenger aircraft to get to Nassau but this doesn’t cover the helicopter ride in question.
The Prime Minister claims that he did nothing wrong.
Based on the info I read about the case, I’d agree that Justin Trudeau did nothing wrong. I feel this way based on his family’s relationship with Aga Khan.
Either way, even if Trudeau is found guilty, there isn’t any penalty.
Find out more from T+L here.