In January 2017 I wrote a post wondering if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took an unethical trip.
Trudeau received travel benefits during a trip to the Bahamas which included a private helicopter ride from billionaire Aga Khan.
The Canadian Ethics Commission did a full investigation into the matter and the outcome has been decided. The Ethics Commissioner found that Justin Trudeau did in fact break “multiple ethics rules“, according to T+L.
I had previously read that Trudeau and family have had a personal relationship with Aga Khan but Commissioner Mary Dawson said that the Canadian Prime Minister “put himself in a position to be able to advance some of the matters of interest to the Aga Khan”.
Private transportation needs to be cleared with the ethics commissioner’s office and Trudeau was found to have failed to do so.
On the surface it doesn’t really sound like Trudeau did anything wrong and he probably didn’t. However, the Aga Khan does official business with the Canadian government so it does look suspicious that the PM is accepting private perks.
Trudeau did issue an apology and acknowledged that he should’ve gotten the clearance needed for his vacations and dealings with the Aga Khan. (Since the Aga Khan is considered a close family friend, Trudeau didn’t feel that he needed to get the clearance.)
In the end there is no punishment for Trudeau’s unethical trip asides from a potential fine of up to $500.
Do you feel that Justin Trudeau did anything wrong?
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