Interesting a couple days after the election this comes out
He's a disgrace!Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not authorize himself to take his family on an exclusive vacation at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas in 2016.
(He didnt have to. The RCMP blinked first)
Documents obtained by the Conservative Party under access to information detail an RCMP investigation into the Christmas holiday at the Ismaili Muslim leader’s luxurious island retreat. The RCMP said there may have been reasonable grounds to lay fraud charges against Mr. Trudeau because he accepted the free vacation with a person who had millions of dollars in dealings with Ottawa.
The RCMP said there may have been reasonable grounds to lay fraud charges against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he accepted a free vacation with a person who had millions of dollars in dealings with Ottawaapple.news
But the Mounties decided against charging Mr. Trudeau because it was unclear if the Prime Minister had the authority to approve the all-expenses-paid gift for himself.
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen said in Question Period in the Commons on Tuesday that the RCMP “knew there was a loophole that he could have used.”
“As silly as it might sound, the Prime Minister could have written himself a note, given himself permission to take the holiday.”
She asked Mr. Trudeau if he gave himself permission to “break the law” by accepting the $215,000 free holiday, which included the use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter and planes.
“No, Mr. Speaker,” Mr. Trudeau replied.
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“The RCMP looked into this matter and no political interference was around it,” he added. “They came to their own conclusions that there was nothing to pursue.” (Justin himself states)
The documents show the RCMP decided it would not be in the public interest to lay charges because of a lack of clarity in federal rules that apply to accepting gifts. Because Mr. Trudeau is the head of government, the RCMP said, “it cannot be definitely determined whether or not Mr. Trudeau can simply provide consent to himself.”
The Aga Khan Foundation has received millions of dollars from Ottawa for its work in developing countries. At the time of the trip, it had also registered to lobby several government departments, including the Prime Minister’s Office, for funding for its development projects.
In 2017, then-ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found Mr. Trudeau had violated four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act by accepting the vacation, because of continuing official business between the government and the Aga Khan.
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The RCMP said in the documents that “it is unclear whether Mr. Trudeau can be prosecuted under Section 121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code, since the section has a provision which allows officials to accept benefits from individuals with government dealings, provided the official has the written consent of the head of their branch of government.”
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The RCMP said Mr. Trudeau’s actions as Prime Minister “were arguably more damaging to the government of Canada’s appearance of integrity” than any similar actions carried out by a lower-ranking government official.
But the RCMP concluded that, aside from the low prospect of conviction, charging a sitting Prime Minister would cause damage that would “vastly outweigh” the negative effects of charging an ordinary member of the public.
The RCMP has told The Globe that their findings were independently validated by two separate third parties, including the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Everyone knows laws are for little people , pay your taxes peasant.The entire saga of Justin Trudeau’s illegal vacation six years ago to the Aga Khan’s private island is embarrassing to Canada. The RCMP’s handling of the investigation, now laid bare for all to see, just adds to the embarrassment.
While the Ethics Commissioner already determined the vacation was illegal because it violated the Conflict of Interest Act, documents released this week show that the Mounties considered whether to charge Trudeau but ultimately decided not to. The documents related to the investigation should make anyone question whether the RCMP is a serious police service capable of investigating much of anything, never mind alleged wrongdoing at the highest levels of government.
The alleged investigation appears to have consisted of officers going to Google to find information about the Aga Khan, his foundation and the report issued by the Ethics Commissioner on this issue. Investigators even copied and pasted Trudeau’s Wikipedia page including his family tree.
One thing they didn’t do was speak to the prime minister himself.
The entire saga of Justin Trudeau’s illegal vacation six years ago to the Aga Khan’s private island is embarrassing to Canada. The RCMP’s handling of the investigation, now laid bare for all to see, just adds to the embarrassment. While the Ethics Commissioner already determined the vacation was...apple.news
A chart detailing how the police service should proceed in deciding whether to lay charges against Trudeau shows that there was one key point they were unsure of. Rather than ask Trudeau for clarification, the Mounties said they were unsure and dropped the case.
Trudeau was being investigated for a possible charge of a fraud on the government. Section 121 of the Criminal Code makes it illegal for government officials to take rewards from people government business with.
A lavish Christmas vacation on a private tropical island certainly qualifies as a reward and the Aga Khan, through his foundation, was doing business with the government. The Mounties, using their chart, established that Trudeau was a government official, that he accepted a benefit from the Aga Khan, that the Aga Khan was conducting business with the government and that Trudeau knew that he accepted a benefit from a person who has dealings with the government.
Is it any wonder that much of the public is skeptical?
Trudeau interfered in a criminal prosecution to help a friendly firm (SNC Lavalin) and faced no consequences. He swept the We Charity scandal under the rug. He’s now attempting to set up the inquiry into his use of the Emergencies Act to wash away his sins on that file.
And on this vacation that appears to have clearly violated the law, Trudeau stands in the House of Commons and laughs.