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Justin Trudeau faces ethics probe over holiday on island in Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan


Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Canada's ethics watchdog is investigating Justin Trudeau for potential breaches related to his recent holiday on an island owned by the Aga Khan, the first time a prime minister has faced such scrutiny, media reported on Monday.
Trudeau has been confronted with repeated questions from the opposition about his vacation in the Bahamas over the New Year's holiday and said last week that he had flown there by private helicopter.

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-elect and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wave to supporters on election night in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
In a letter to a Conservative MP on Jan 13, Mary Dawson, the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, said she has begun an examination to determine whether Mr Trudeau had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported.
In the letter, Ms Dawson acknowledged concerns about potential breaches related to the use of the private helicopter and the Aga Khan Foundation's lobbying of the government, the Globe said.
Official ethics rules introduced by Mr Trudeau himself in 2015 bar government ministers from taking private flights without getting Ms Dawson's approval.
A Trudeau spokesman declined to comment on whether an examination had been launched and said the prime minister will answer any of Ms Dawson's questions. A spokeswoman for the ethics commissioner did not immediately comment.
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Mr Trudeau is facing a separate probe by Ms Dawson into fundraising by his Liberal party, but an examination into the trip would be the first such investigation of a prime minister, said Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch.
The Aga Khan, the wealthy leader of the Ismaili branch of Shi'ite Islam, is a close Trudeau family friend. The Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a registered lobbyist with the government and its executives met with government officials as recently as December.
In an apparent bid to reconnect with ordinary voters, Mr Trudeau, who came to power in 2015 and has enjoyed high popularity ratings, scrapped a trip to this week's World Economic Focum in Davos and embarked on a cross-country tour instead.

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