A first for a Canadian prime minister Trudeau has repeatedly described the Aga Khan as a longtime family friend.
But the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the religious leader's private non-profit international development agency, is a registered lobbyist with the government and some of its executives recently met with members of the government.
"Like all members of this House, I'm engaged in fundraising activities in support of my party," Morneau said. 13 event in question was organized by the Liberal Party of Canada and we followed all of the applicable rules. She doesn’t think this conflict is likely to happen while attending a fundraising event because a conflict of interest is defined as something that furthers someone’s personal interest.
But Dawson added that there are definitely a lot of protections that could be put in place to prevent situations like this from occurring.
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Dawson also said she was investigating whether Trudeau's use of the Aga Khan's private helicopter violated the prime minister's own guidelines.
In 2015, Trudeau introduced rules stating that government ministers couldn't take private flights without the ethics commissioner's approval.
The exception is green bonds, or subsidiaries that are deemed to have significant renewable energy activity.“It’s not covered by the Conflict of Interest Act -- but they certainly could improve the rules,” Dawson told CTV’s Power Play.However, last year the Liberals established a strict set of directives that included avoiding situations that appeared to provide preferential access to government."Ministers and parliamentary secretaries must ensure that political fundraising activities or considerations do not affect, or appear to affect, the exercise of their official duties or the access of individuals or organizations to government," the rules say.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Morneau insisted the fundraiser conformed to the party’s rules. It’s just you can’t personally fundraise if it would put you in a conflict of interest,” she said.
Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has weighed in on the recent complaints about a Halifax fundraiser on behalf of Finance Minister Bill Morneau.