January 08, 2017

Andrew Scheer requests Ethics Commissioner investigate Trudeau's private island vacation

Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina -Qu’Appelle and candidate for the Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada has written a letter to Mary Dawson, Parliament’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner asking for an investigation of Prime Minister Trudeau’s vacation on a private island in the Bahamas.

“The Prime Minister of Canada must be held to the highest standard, which is why I have called for this investigation,” said Scheer. “As a former Speaker of the House of Commons, I take the rules that MPs must follow very seriously. We need to know if it is appropriate for Trudeau to accept gifts from someone whose foundation receives funds from the Government of Canada.”

Prime Minister Trudeau accepted a gift from His Royal Highness the Aga Khan of a vacation for his whole family on the privately-owned Bell Island. The Aga Khan Foundation, has been the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars in government contributions to international development projects, in addition to 30 million dollars from the Government of Canada for the Foundation's Ottawa headquarters.

Section 14.1 of the Conflict of Interest Act is very clear.  "Neither a Member nor any member of a Member's family shall accept, directly or indirectly, any gift or other benefit, except compensation authorized by law, that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the Member in the exercise of a duty or function of his or her office."

Scheer wrote to the Conflict of Interest and Ethic Commissioner to ask for an inquiry under Section 27.1 into whether the Prime Minister violated any provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act by accepting this gift.