OTTAWA – Opposition Conservatives are calling on the RCMP to conduct a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to the Aga Khan’s private island six years ago, saying there is new evidence.
The Bahamas vacation that Trudeau and his family undertook in 2016 resurfaced after the Conservative Party received internal documents through a Freedom of Information request showing the force was considering investigating him for fraud.
The Federal Ethics Commissioner investigated the trips and in 2017 ruled that his acceptance of gifts breached conflict of interest rules because the Aga Khan was the founder of a charity which had received federal money.
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen pressured Trudeau to find out if he had used his power as prime minister to grant himself the power to accept the gift.
His question refers to a provision of the Criminal Code which states that government officials cannot accept gifts from anyone who has dealings with the government without the written consent of the head of their branch of government.
According to Bergen, Trudeau’s response in the House of Commons on Tuesday that he did not grant himself permission to accept the gift is new evidence, meaning the RCMP should re-examine the matter.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 27, 2022