PM Trudeau sets up conflict of interest screen concerning Aga Khan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 26, 2018 3:03PM EST
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he'll abstain from any future discussions or decisions regarding the Aga Khan and his institutions.
Trudeau says he's establishing what's called a conflict of interest screen to ensure he's not involved in related matters.
The move comes after the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner found Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to vacations on a private island owned by the Aga Khan in 2016.
Trudeau had defended the trip on the grounds that the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, is a close personal friend.
But the commissioner said the two couldn't be considered friends, and the trip could be seen as a gift to influence Trudeau since the Aga Khan's institutions and projects receive government funding.
Trudeau says he'll inform the commissioner of anything he becomes aware of that relates to the Aga Khan in order to prevent a conflict of interest.