Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family are in British Columbia for a week-long vacation after receiving clearance from the ethics commissioner in light of the prime minister’s previous personal travel ethics violations.
The exact location of their stay remains undisclosed, but the Prime Minister’s Office said the Trudeau family are slated to return to Ottawa on August 18. The family vacation comes on the heels of an announcement by Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, regarding their separation after 18 years of marriage.
In an effort to maintain transparency and avoid previous conflicts of interest, the PMO confirmed that the trip received the green light from the ethics commissioner, with the prime minister covering vacation expenses himself. However, there is one little problem: it turns out the ethics commissioner in question that the prime minister supposedly confirmed his travel plans with… doesn’t actually exist.
According to a Government of Canada website, the position for the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner currently sits vacant. If not the non-existent ethics commissioner, it remains unknown, with whom exactly, Trudeau got the greenlight from.
Recall, Trudeau previously faced backlash for an infamous vacation his family took to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas in 2016, during when he violated several sections of the Federal Conflict of Interest Act by accepting private vacations and gifts from philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan.
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